Joining the list of former St. Louis Cardinals pitchers attempting a comeback this season is Brett Tomko.
Last seen in the big leagues in 2011 when he pitched 17 2/3 innings for the Texas Rangers after missing all of the 2010 campaign, NBC reports that Tomko thinks he still has the stuff to get MLB batters out at 40 years old.
Tomko seems to be a little bit more reasonable than Mark Mulder. The former, who pitched one season for the Redbirds, is willing to take a minor league contract with a chance to make a club out of spring training. Tomko said he is also willing to go to Class AAA to if need by. The latter, who hasn't pitched effectively in the big leagues since 2005 (although he collected Cardinals paychecks through 2008) wants a major league contract to leave his cushy desk job at ESPN.
Last week the Giants reportedly turned down Mulder's request for a MLB roster spot. Over the weekend the Boston Globe reports that the lefty may have toned things down a bit. Now Mulder is reportedly asking for a "creative" minor league deal.
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Both pitchers report that they have their fastballs clocking in at 90-92 miles an hour. That's as fast or faster than Mulder's top speed when he was in his prime.
Tomko pitched last season for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. There he was 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA. He allowed 137 hits in 124 2/3 innings.