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Examiner
  • Royals sign veteran pitcher

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  • SURPRISE, Ariz. – 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 deal was announced Friday, when Kansas City also said it had agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ramon Troncoso. The 31-year-old was 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 29 games last year with the Chicago White Sox. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008-11.
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