Brett Tomko, a 14-year big league veteran who turns 41 on April 7th has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, it was announced Friday.
Tomko has pitched only 17.2 innings in the majors since 2009, making eight relief appearances in 2011 with Texas. He was 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 starts last year with York in the independent Atlantic League.
Tomko is 100-103 with a 4.65 ERA over 14 major league seasons with Cincinnati (1997-99), Seattle (2000-01), San Diego (2002, 2007, 2008), St. Louis (2003), San Francisco (2004-05), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), the New York Yankees (2009), Oakland (2009) and Texas (2011). He was 2-7 with a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts and six relief appearances for the 2008 Royals.