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.
The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.
Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.
He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.
The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.