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klw
02-16-2012, 08:07 PM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/reds-to-sign-brett-tomko.html


The Reds have agreed to sign right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The 14-year veteran split the 2011 season between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate.

Can Mike Cameron and Antonio Perez be far behind?

Homer Bailey
02-16-2012, 08:08 PM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/reds-to-sign-brett-tomko.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


The Reds have agreed to sign right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The 14-year veteran split the 2011 season between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate.

klw
02-16-2012, 08:09 PM
slow poke;)

Homer Bailey
02-16-2012, 08:09 PM
You got me. Close mine mods. Thanks.

Matt700wlw
02-16-2012, 08:12 PM
I didn't know he was still pitching

Gallen5862
02-16-2012, 08:17 PM
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/reds-to-sign-brett-tomko.html

Tomko broke in with the Reds in 1997, spending three seasons in Cincinnati before being traded to Seattle in the Ken Griffey Jr. deal.

Gallen5862
02-16-2012, 08:18 PM
The Reds have now kept alive the trade for Junior. The Reds get back one of the players they had to trade for Junior.

CarolinaRedleg
02-16-2012, 08:19 PM
Maybe we can trade him for Trey Griffey in 2015?

marcshoe
02-16-2012, 08:27 PM
April 1 is more than a month away.

edabbs44
02-16-2012, 08:44 PM
It's official, the Reds won the trade.

Phhhl
02-16-2012, 09:06 PM
Is this like Jerry Rice signing a one day contract so he could retire a 49er?

Tom Servo
02-16-2012, 09:08 PM
Looks like we finally got an opening day starter!

SirFelixCat
02-16-2012, 09:11 PM
I didn't know he was still pitching

My exact thought when I saw this was, "Is this 2000?"

WMR
02-16-2012, 09:31 PM
Wow, talk about a blast from the past.

IDK he was still pitching either.

Raisor
02-16-2012, 09:36 PM
wait. what?

redsmetz
02-16-2012, 09:45 PM
My son just tweated this:

@AaronBoone_ESPN Reds signed Tomko, any chance you or #BrettBoone are planning a comeback? I hear Dmitri Young bleached his hair too

:laugh:

BCubb2003
02-16-2012, 09:58 PM
I'm thinking we could still get Ron Villone, and maybe Pokey and Gookie.

top6
02-16-2012, 10:24 PM
I feel like Reds Zone has come full circle now.

So does anyone know how Whiffey is doing?

camisadelgolf
02-16-2012, 10:48 PM
I'm thinking we could still get Ron Villone, and maybe Pokey and Gookie.
Signing Gookie is actually a very real possibility.

cincrazy
02-16-2012, 11:31 PM
Can Pete Harnisch be that far behind?

MikeS21
02-16-2012, 11:31 PM
Brett Tomko ... I vividly remember the 1997 Cincinnati Enquirer issue that came out when Tomko was still in the minors. The article praised his abilities - even calling him the savior of the franchise. But it also emphatically stated that Reds fans should not expect to see him in the majors for a couple seasons because he needed seasoning in the minor leagues. Two weeks later, he made his major league debut - and of course, never lived up to the hype.

vic715
02-16-2012, 11:48 PM
I feel like Reds Zone has come full circle now.

So does anyone know how Whiffey is doing?

Ask Gallagher

Spitball
02-17-2012, 12:13 AM
Jake Meyer?

reds44
02-17-2012, 12:17 AM
There was a time when we would make a move like this and he'd be in our rotation.

corkedbat
02-17-2012, 12:26 AM
Oswalt? We don't need no Oswalt! We got Tomko!

Spitball
02-17-2012, 12:27 AM
Ask Gallagher

Ah geez! Those were the days! There was also a lady named Appaloosa something, and she just wouldn't quit.

15fan
02-17-2012, 01:41 AM
"Fire In the Hole!!!" Tomko returns.

He was Eric Milton before Eric Milton became Eric Milton.

Captain Hook
02-17-2012, 01:42 AM
Had a pretty solid 2009.Anyone know why he didn't pitch in 2010?

camisadelgolf
02-17-2012, 01:43 AM
Had a pretty solid 2009.Anyone know why he didn't pitch in 2010?
Because he was pitching in the minors (and disastrously, at that).

Captain Hook
02-17-2012, 01:47 AM
Is this like Jerry Rice signing a one day contract so he could retire a 49er?

You might be on to something.Why else would the Reds sign him?

camisadelgolf
02-17-2012, 02:02 AM
You might be on to something.Why else would the Reds sign him?
Depth, veteran leadership, and the fact that his Major League numbers have been good the past few years?

Captain Hook
02-17-2012, 02:51 AM
Depth, veteran leadership, and the fact that his Major League numbers have been good the past few years?

Must be veteran leadership and depth at AAA.:laugh:

I hope he has something left in the tank but getting lit up at the AAA level for two years doesn't look real good for anyone let alone someone that's 38.

WMR
02-17-2012, 03:35 AM
Tomko, a late September call-up, and a chance to send the Reds to the post-season...

edabbs44
02-17-2012, 07:24 AM
Over under on innings this year for Tomko in the majors is set at 3.5. Who has the over?

Edd Roush
02-17-2012, 08:50 AM
Signing Gookie is actually a very real possibility.

Absolutely unreal that Gookie is only 32 right now. BTW what an unreal 1999 season Gookie had. Was it an injury that de-railed his career or was it just an inability to hit breaking balls in the zone?

Chip R
02-17-2012, 08:53 AM
You might be on to something.Why else would the Reds sign him?

Batting practice pitcher?

redsmetz
02-17-2012, 08:53 AM
Over under on innings this year for Tomko in the majors is set at 3.5. Who has the over?

I think it will be over. It's not a big signing, but I like that Tomko seems willing to continue his career at AAA and be available if there's a need. Now, it seems like the lion's share of his time last season was still as a starter and I think he's way down on the depth chart there. But if he's willing to work in relief, I could see him getting some time if there's a need. Still, even there, he's down the chart in that role too. So it's possible he'll not be seen in Cincinnati at all

Roy Tucker
02-17-2012, 09:18 AM
At first I thought this was one of those long-dormant years-old threads that someone responded to.

Strikes Out Looking
02-17-2012, 09:25 AM
Time to brush off Bob Boone's six man rotation.

lollipopcurve
02-17-2012, 09:35 AM
The bounty of the Bowden drafts, exhaustible?

RedlegJake
02-17-2012, 12:44 PM
Oddly enough, Tomko has been clobbered in the minors the past 3 seasons (in the PCL and Cal Leagues, notorious hitters leagues - but bad stats even for them) but his numbers in relief in the majors have not been at all bad, in brief appearances with the Yanks, A's and Rangers, mostly in relief, he's put up some decent numbers as a reliever. When the Yanks used him for 6 starts the results were less acceptable. As cheap veteran relief depth I don't see any problem here. If he has to spend any real time in Cincy, the staff is likely in serious trouble anyway.

Roy Tucker
02-17-2012, 12:45 PM
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

_Sir_Charles_
02-17-2012, 03:43 PM
Fay just posted some stuff on Tomko and the last bit really stunned me. I had NO CLUE about this part. Imagine what would've happened if THAT trade went down. *shudder*


Interesting side note. The players the Reds ultimately sent to Seattle were a drastic reduction from Mariners GM Pat Gillick’s original demands.

Gillick originally wanted Pokey Reese, Sean Casey, Denny Neagle, Scott Williamson and a top prospect — either Travis Dawkins or Adam Dunn.

corkedbat
02-17-2012, 03:53 PM
I vaguely remember Tom Seaver's name being tossed around as a comparison when Tomko was a rising prospect. I think I might rather have Seaver now.

camisadelgolf
02-17-2012, 04:15 PM
Batting practice pitcher?
Ron Oester would tell you that his development was ruined by Jim Bowden. I think he's biased, though, because he would also tell you that no one likes Bowden--not even his own family.

RedlegJake
02-17-2012, 05:00 PM
I think his development may have been ruined by his own stubbornness. I seem to recall more than one reference to Tomko's head being his problem, not his arm. I too remember the comps to Seaver when he was coming up, they said the same things about Jack Armstrong until he blew out his arm.

camisadelgolf
02-17-2012, 05:18 PM
I think his development may have been ruined by his own stubbornness. I seem to recall more than one reference to Tomko's head being his problem, not his arm. I too remember the comps to Seaver when he was coming up, they said the same things about Jack Armstrong until he blew out his arm.
I was referring to Gookie Dawkins. But yes, it's true that Tomko had a reputation for being stubborn. It hasn't stopped him from having a good Major League career though.

RedlegJake
02-17-2012, 05:25 PM
I was referring to Gookie Dawkins. But yes, it's true that Tomko had a reputation for being stubborn. It hasn't stopped him from having a good Major League career though.

Sorry Cam, I missed the reference somehow. But you are right about Bowden. Funny thing is I liked him so much when he first arrived - I thought he was the boy wonder. Then year after year I liked him less and less until after about four years I detested him. Never have I seen my own feelings about a manager or executive in sports turn around so completely in nearly 50 years of following sports. I've gone from like to dislike or admiration to blah but never really liking a guy to really despising a guy like with Bowden.

WebScorpion
02-17-2012, 05:56 PM
He's come full circle from a million dollar arm with a ten cent head to a ten cent arm with a er, ...thousand dollar head? ;)

Tom Servo
02-17-2012, 06:12 PM
http://reds.enquirer.com/img/photos/1998/09/092398tomko_479x600.jpg

pretty fun to see the old Tomko as a Red pictures pop up again.

BearcatShane
02-17-2012, 06:35 PM
Eh. Lets not go overboard, I mean 38 is old but it's not ridiculous. If he's cool with playing in Louisville and possibly coming up if we have a rash of injuries or in September to provide veteran leadership then good for him. Maybe he wants one last shot at a ring and were his best option. Welcome aboard Mr. Tomko.

powersackers
02-17-2012, 06:43 PM
Eh. Lets not go overboard, I mean 38 is old but it's not ridiculous. If he's cool with playing in Louisville and possibly coming up if we have a rash of injuries or in September to provide veteran leadership then good for him. Maybe he wants one last shot at a ring and were his best option. Welcome aboard Mr. Tomko.

Could be, but Most likely he's taking a one off chance that he does well in Spring and some team in the MLB will put him on the opening day roster and if not, retirement.

Captain Hook
02-17-2012, 10:59 PM
Could be, but Most likely he's taking a one off chance that he does well in Spring and some team in the MLB will put him on the opening day roster and if not, retirement.

I don't think retiring is in the plan. He's shown he's willing to spend a whole season in AAA so if the Reds will have him I think he'll stick around where ever they tell him go.

Is there any chance that Tomko and Corky would set the AAA record for oldest pitcher and catcher hooking up.

dabvu2498
02-17-2012, 11:48 PM
Is there any chance that Tomko and Corky would set the AAA record for oldest pitcher and catcher hooking up.

Ron Mahay would have that honor, assuming he ends up in Louisville.

RedlegJake
02-17-2012, 11:54 PM
Bowman, Mahay, Tomko - a power arm and a lefty-righty veteran bullpen combo, looks like they're building insurance against a burned out pen problem if it comes up again.