Reds getting rid of Dempster

Updated: November 4, 2003, 4:09 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds requested waivers on pitcher Ryan Dempster on Tuesday for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

The right-hander is ineligible to re-sign a major league contract with Cincinnati until May 15.

The Reds acquired Dempster in a July 2002 trade with Florida in an attempt to improve the starting rotation.

Dempster went 3-7 for the Reds this season with a 6.54 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. He didn't pitch after July 28. He underwent surgery Aug. 4 to remove a bone chip from behind his right elbow and to repair a complete ligament tear.

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