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Brett Tomko to audition for Orioles on Friday

Jan 20, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

We learned last month that veteran right-hander Brett Tomko was pitching in the Dominican Republic in hopes of making a comeback in MLB. Well, he’ll get a chance to secure a job later this week:

Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reported earlier this month that six teams were in the mix for Tomko, who turns 41 in April. The reports out of the Dominican Republic have been promising, as he’s lost a bunch of weight and was reportedly throwing his fastball in the 90-93 mph range. He could be appealing on a minor league deal, especially since he has expressed a willingness to pitch at Triple-A and mentor young pitchers, even in a bullpen role.

Tomko, who has a 4.65 ERA over a 14-year career, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers. He spent 2012 in the minors between the Reds and Diamondbacks and pitched with the independent York Revolution last season.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    come on AA don’t let this one get away! he can easily replace josh “2 win” Johnson’s production from last season

  2. jm91rs - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Seems like forever ago that the Reds sent him to Seattle for Griffey.

  3. basslargemouth - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Another retread for the cheap azz Angelo’s! The city of Baltimore should force him to sell the team to someone that wants to win not just make money!

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    speaking of cheap azz!

    At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

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