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.
Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has been called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Biggio, 24, was a fifth round selection in the 2016 draft. So far this year he has put up a .307/.445/.504 batting line with six home runs and five steals Triple-A Buffalo. He’s a utility guy of sorts, having spent time at first, second, third and all three outfield positions so far this year. He, perhaps ironically, has not caught yet in his pro career, nor does he play short. Still, that kind of flexibility in a young player can be pretty useful in this age of big bullpens. Especially if he continues to rake like he has. He’ll likely mostly play second base for the Jays starting out.
With Vlad Guerrero Jr. playing third base every day, Toronto now has two sons of Hall of Famers on their roster. That’s pretty neat.