GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- After passing his physical, veteran pitcher Brett Tomko formally signed a Minor League contract with the Reds on Sunday. He is in Major League camp as a non-roster player and participated in the first workout.
Tomko, 38, began his big league career with the Reds as a starting pitcher from 1997-99 before being part of the February 2000 trade that brought Ken Griffey Jr. from the Mariners. He was 29-26 with a 4.35 ERA in 89 games for Cincinnati, including 79 starts. The right-hander has also pitched for the Padres, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, Royals, A's, Yankees and Rangers.
"Getting to be older and coming to the end, I always wanted to come back to Cincinnati," Tomko said. "My whole career, I thought if there was any opportunity to get back here, I would try to do it. When I was younger, I saw a lot of guys recycling back through and I just thought that was cool, coming full circle."