Ryan Dempster takes a job with the Cubs front office


Ryan Dempster officially retired and, as of today, is officially employed as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. He’ll do the special assistant thing: visit spring training, go and check out the minor league affiliates during the season, help with scouting and the like.

Dempster pitched 16 seasons for five different teams, with his longest single stint being his nine years with the Cubs. Over the course of his career he made two All-Star teams, topped 200 innings seven times, and also served as a closer, notching 20 saves three times.