Reds linked to veteran free agent Tomko

Reds linked to veteran free agent Tomko

Reds linked to veteran free agent Tomko
CINCINNATI -- In 1997, pitcher Brett Tomko broke into the Major Leagues with the Reds. And if a report is true, Tomko is headed back to where his career began.

The website, MLB Trade Rumors, reported on Thursday that Tomko agreed to a Minor League contract with the Reds. A club spokesman had no official information of a deal being done.

In what became the start a well-traveled tour around the league, Tomko was traded from the Reds to the Mariners in the Feb. 10, 2000, deal that brought Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincinnati.

Tomko, 38, split last season with the Rangers and their Triple-A club. In eight relief appearances, he had a 4.58 ERA.

From 1997-99 as mostly a starting pitcher for the Reds, Tomko was 29-26 with a 4.35 ERA in 89 games, including 79 starts. The right-hander has also pitched for the Padres, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, Royals, A's and Yankees.

If Tomko is added, the Reds Spring Training roster will be at 58 players, including 30 pitchers.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.