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Royals to sign 40-year-old Brett Tomko to minor league deal

Mar 13, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. This confirms a report from John Walk of the York Dispatch.

Tomko turns 41 in April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but he was reportedly throwing in the 90-93 mph during winter ball in the Dominican Republic and planned to audition for teams at the end of January. He’ll receive a salary of $510,000 if he makes it back to the majors.

Tomko owns a 4.65 ERA over a 14-year major league career, including a brief stint with the Royals in 2008. He pitched with the independent York Revolution last year.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Why not! Tomko is currently throwing harder than Sabathia. CC has had trouble reaching 88 MPH.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      the royals sign a 40 year old hoping for one more time in the sun to a minor league contract and you use the occasion to slam the yankee rotation. having a little harry fun? lol

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Harry made (a mild for him) comment on the Blue Jay thread earlier, so I decided to double dip with Sabathia, who has definitely lost some velocity this spring. It will be interesting to see if Sabathia can make it as a “crafty lefty”.

  2. TheMorningStar - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Ha ha, so true PC, but watch out the Yankee morons/apologists will be on you quicker than a Québécois on Poutine!

  3. musketmaniac - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    good luck

  4. jkcalhoun - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Will Tomko join the ranks of Horacio Ramirez and Yuniesky Betancourt as once-and-future Royals under Dayton Moore?

    Those guys worked out really well. Why not?

    Moreover, why not Nomo?

    Nomo more than ever?

    Anybody?

  5. straightouttavtown - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    A typical Royals move. Didn’t they Hideo Nomo 4 years after he last pitched in the big league a few years ago?

    • jkcalhoun - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Just two seasons after, like Tomko at this point.

  6. sportsdrenched - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Well hell, they should sign Runelvys Hernandez while they’re at it.

    Blake Stein?

    Jose Rosado?

    • jkcalhoun - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      It may not be too late to try to coax Chad Durbin out of retirement. And that guy has a ring.

  7. 1bigmouth2another - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    It’s ok… You’re going to have to have someone to pitch in Shields spot after you GIVE him away anyway. Why not a 40 year old…
    If he can even MAKE it to July.

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