Tomko agrees to minor league deal with Royals

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Tomko, a 14-year big league veteran who turns 41 on April 7, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

Tomko has pitched only 17 2-3 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.

Tomko’s agreement was announced Friday.

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