Mugsys Jock said:Or rip up Lester's deal, give him a chunk of this year's windfall, and lock him in for five reasonably priced years.
It sucks that his daughter is sick but this guy has made like 99 million dollars playing baseball. if you want the Sox to be all altruistic u would hope there are more needy kids than Dempster's daughterbrandonchristensen said:I hope he gets help from the Sox with health insurance if he is indeed stepping down to help his daughter.
MLBPA provides health insurance for life for any player (+family) who makes the 25-man roster.swingin val said:It sucks that his daughter is sick but this guy has made like 99 million dollars playing baseball. if you want the Sox to be all altruistic u would hope there are more needy kids than Dempster's daughter
The Boomer said:If they don't sign Madson or someone else to a ML contract, who will take his place on the 40 man roster? Will they simply hold a competition for spring training invites or, perhaps, leave the spot open to add somebody on waivers at the end of spring training?
DGreenwood said:Miller's $1.9 million isn't listed on there yet, so it's just over $150 million plus the pre-arb salaries.
The Boomer said:
With both Britton and Lavarnway out of options if they don’t make the 25 man roster out of spring training, the opening created by Dempster will allow the Red Sox not to trade one or both of them out of desperation if, because of their depth chart, one or both of them can’t make the 2014 team.
Doesn't seem likely that the Sox were going to get league average innings from Dempster this year, though.Youkilis vs Wild said:Surprised to see the positive reaction in here. The silver lining is the salary, but I think we've all learned that a crowded rotation problem is not a problem at all. I had no trouble with keeping 180 of league average innings on the roster.
And Bret Saberhagen almost retired after 1998 because the divorce/support agreement was going to take the vast majority of his salary.Rudy Pemberton said:Seems like these situations often happen when a player is involved in a divorce (thinking Sandberg and Foulke, for example). For the lawyers in the house, is there an alimony / child support reason for why a player would want to lower (or eliminate) their salary for a year?
wade boggs chicken dinner said:just out of curiosity - is there a window for Dempster to reconsider? what happens if he decides in June he wants to play ball?
He's a creation of Arlington. His numbers outside of Ridiculous Jet Stream To Right Center Field Park are pedestrian.RedOctober3829 said:What about Nelson Cruz on a pillow contract?
LeoCarrillo said:He's made $89 million in his career. For him to be walking away from $13 million for about seven months' work . . . well, I hope the Sox somehow reciprocate. Promise of a coaching job in a few years? Or better still, how about many millions toward fighting DiGeorge syndrome.
He just said on NESN that he "wouldn't miss it for the world".edoug said:Whatever his plans are, It would be terrific if he's in Boston to get his ring with his teammates.
They certainly might miss him, but you are not convincing me that if they did not have him already they would have spent this money on him right now. It's pretty useful to have flexibility moving forward.Sampo Gida said:You can never have too much pitching as they say. I still consider Buchholz somewhat of a question mark, and while they have what looks like pretty good minor league depth, you don't always know what you are going to get with them.
The money being free is nice, but who else is available that they want at this point in time and who would come on a 1-2 yr deal. If Drew did not make sense before the Dempster news, why would he make sense now?
Frankly, I think Dempster had significant trade value by the deadline, so don't see him not playing as a positive. You never know what hole needs filling due to injury or non-performance as the season progresses. Prospects have value to some potential trading partners, but teams still in the race want someone to help now,
13 million is a lot for a player to walk away from. If it was a physical ailment like a neck disk, that could be considered a work related injury and I would think he should feel no guilt about collecting the salary on the DL. I have to believe it is more to do with family reasons.
Pretty sure if he wants to come back, the Red Sox can add him back to the 40-man roster and pay him according to his contract. But he has to come back to the Red Sox unless another team wants to trade for him. They retain his rights, even if he wants to go to Japan or an independent league.
RedOctober3829 said:Say, for instance, that the Philadelphia Phillies fall out of contention and make lefty Cliff Lee available. The banked money could come in handy in allowing the Sox to take on Lee's remaining salary, or that of another expensive veteran who could help the Sox over the second half.
Dead Balls said:Why do you think Yankee fans hated him so much? Just because of Arood?