Ryan Dempster retires as a Chicago Cub

Named Special Assistant to President and GM

The Chicago Cubs and Ryan Dempster today announced that the right-handed pitcher will retire from his 16-year major league career as a member of the Cubs organization. Dempster will remain with the club as a Special Assistant to President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer.

Dempster retires as a two-time All-Star and a World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, his final season in the majors. He was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2000 and the Cubs in 2008, a season that marked his return to the rotation in which he went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA to help the Cubs to their second-straight N.L. Central division title. Overall, Dempster spent nine seasons with the Cubs from 2004-12 and posted 67 wins and 87 saves, the only pitcher in club history with more than 50 wins and 50 saves.

The righthander completed his big league career with a 132-133 record with 87 saves and a 4.35 ERA in 579 appearances, including 351 starts, with the Marlins (1998-2002), the Cincinnati Reds (2002-03), the Cubs (2004-12), the Texas Rangers (2012) and the Red Sox (2013).

In his new role with the organization, Dempster will spend time with the club during spring training, visit the club's minor league affiliates during the season, evaluate amateur players leading up to the draft and perform professional scouting assignments.