Monday, December 23, 2013

Report: Brett Tomko plans to audition for teams in late January

Former Reds pitcher Brett Tomko is on the comeback trail once again.

According to Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors, Tomko is currently working out in California to audition for teams in late January. The 40-year-old is reportedly willing to accept a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. In the even that he doesn't make the 25-man roster, Tomko is fully prepared to start the season at Triple-A as either a starter or reliever, whichever role gives him the best chance at pitching in the major leagues again.

A second round draft pick by the Reds in the 1995 draft, Tomko spent last season pitching for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. He recorded a 4.98 ERA in 19 games while amassing 124.2 innings.

In 2012, Tomko spent time with both the Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations. A 14-year veteran of the big leagues, Tomko got his start in the majors with the Reds by debuting in 1997. After posting a 29-26 record in three years, the promising right-hander was included in the trade that brought Ken Griffey Junior home from the Seattle Mariners.

Will the Reds ultimately be one of the teams interested in signing Tomko to a minor league agreement? This remains to be seen. However, given general manager Walt Jocketty's propensity for signing veteran pitchers to minor league deals, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Cincinnati could give Tomko one last shot and assign him to Triple-A Louisville.

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