Dempster made the announcement Sunday. He will be placed on the restricted list and not be paid his salary of $13.25 million.
Dempster told reporters he made the decision weeks ago.
“I’m both physically and mentally not ready to do my job,” he said.
Dempster, 36, was 8-9 with a 4.57 earned run average for the Red Sox last season but was taken out of the rotation for the playoffs "
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