Ryan Dempster won't play in 2014

Updated: February 17, 2014, 1:55 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even as he talked to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell about his decision to stop playing baseball, perhaps forever, the impish side of pitcher Ryan Dempster came to the surface, as it so often did in his 16 years in the major leagues.

"I joked with John a little bit -- 'Sorry, Skip, to throw this on you in the last minute, but you're going to have to find another Opening Day starter,'" Dempster said Sunday morning at a news conference where he announced he would not ...

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