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Full circle: Tomko signs with Reds

Full circle: Tomko signs with Reds

Full circle: Tomko signs with Reds
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."


Tomko split last season with the Rangers and their Triple-A club. In eight relief appearances in the big leagues, he had a 4.58 ERA. The Reds hope he can provide bullpen depth in big league camp and possibly be a starter or reliever at Triple-A Louisville if he does not make the team.