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Ryan Dempster is retiring after 16 seasons

Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto August 13, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Ryan Dempster, who sat out this season and did not collect his $13.25 million salary from the Red Sox, has now decided to officially retire, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Dempster signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox in December of 2012 and struggled in his first season in Boston with a 4.57 ERA and 249 baserunners allowed in 171 innings. He did not make a start during the team’s World Series run.

In sitting out this season Dempster cited neck problems and a desire to spend more time with his family at age 37. He pitched 16 seasons in the majors for five different teams, including nine years with the Cubs. Dempster made two All-Star teams, topped 200 innings seven times, and also topped 20 saves three times.

He retires having earned nearly $90 million.

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