Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reds to sign Brett Tomko

Tomko is back with the team
who originally drafted him

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBtraderumors.com has the scoop:

"The Reds have agreed to sign right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The 14-year veteran split the 2011 season between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate.

Tomko appeared in eight games for the Rangers last year, posting a 4.58 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 in 17 2/3 innings. The 38-year-old Paragon Sports International client also pitched 108 1/3 innings for Texas' top affiliate, starting 18 games. Tomko broke in with the Reds in 1997, spending three seasons in Cincinnati before being traded to Seattle in the
Ken Griffey Jr. deal."

Cincinnati originally drafted the Placentia, California native in the second round of the 1995 Amateur Draft. After spending just two seasons in the minors Tomko bursted onto the MLB scene in 1997, where he posted a 3.43 ERA and an 11-7 record in 19 starts.

After going 18-19 with a 4.60 ERA over the next two seasons, the club included him in the package that brought Ken Griffey Jr. back home to the Queen City in 2000. Twelve years and nine organizations later the 6'4" hurler finds himself a Red once again.

Tomko boasts a 100-103 record and a 4.65 ERA in his 14-year career.

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