The Cubs announced today that Ryan Dempster has signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Cubs organization and will now join the team’s front office as a special assistant to president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
Per a team press release, Dempster’s responsibilities will include working with pitchers in Spring Training, visiting the club’s minor league affiliates during the season, evaluating amateur players leading up to the 2015 draft and going on pro scouting assignments as well.
Dempster sat out the 2014 season due to physical issues and a desire to spend more time with his family — a decision that included him forfeiting his $13.25MM salary from the Red Sox. He then reportedly retired as a player in early October. Most of Dempster’s 16-year big league career was spent with the Cubs, and he’ll now be tasked with returning that franchise to prominence.