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Brett Tomko, Royals reach deal

Updated: March 14, 2014, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

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, ...

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