A 40-year-old pitcher is attempting a comeback and guess who’s interested. If you guessed the New York Yankees, you are correct.
Brett Tomko is trying to fight his way back into the big show. Tomko has been out of the league since 2011 and he hasn’t played in over 20 games since 2009. During that season, Tomko pitched for the Yankees and posted a bleak 5.23 ERA in 15 games. He then criticized the Yankees for misusing him. Not a great stint in pinstripes.
However, Tomko is looking for a way back and the Yankees are paying attention. The 6-foot-4 right-hander spent 2013 with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and consistently threw in the low 90′s. That isn’t too bad for a guy who will turn 41 in April.
Tomko stated that he will accept a minor league deal and an invitation to Spring Training. The Yankees have nothing to lose by considering him. Tomko is someone who can be a veteran presence and will add depth to the Yankees’ questionable bullpen. He will be comfortable coming out of the bullpen as the later years of his career resulted with him consistently playing the role as a short relief guy.
The Yankees, along with at least a half a dozen other teams, will watch Tomko audition for a minor-league deal in late January. Depending on his showing, I believe the Yankees should give him a shot. After losing Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan to free agency, the Yankees need more reliable arms in the pen. There’s no telling if Tomko will actually be reliable, but he is extremely low-risk and will come cheap.