It has been more than 2 full seasons since 40-year-old right-hander Brett Tomko has appeared in a Major League baseball game, but after it was widespread that multiple teams had interest in his services, we have a report of an “official” audition for Tomko.
According to his brother, Scott, Brett Tomko will throw for O’s on Fri in SoCal. Brett, 40, pitched in Indy ball last year.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 20, 2014
Yahoo’s Tim Brown brings word that the Baltimore Orioles will work Tomko out on Friday in California, and Baltimore is certainly a team that could be interested in pitching. The veteran right-hander was least seen at the Major League level in 2011 when he threw 17.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Texas Rangers, but there was a time in the early 90′s when Tomko threw 190+ innings in 4 consecutive seasons.
At this stage, this is almost certainly being considered a “flyer” for the Orioles, but there’s also a good possibility that Tomko (if healthy and ready) could be better than some of their internal bullpen options. He would almost certainly be willing to take a Minor League contract just to get into a big league camp, and he’s always been a quality pitcher from a control standpoint, with a career 2.88 BB/9 walk rate.
It remains to be seen if Tomko has anything left in the tank, but the Orioles will get a close-up glance by the end of the week.