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Brett Tomko signs minor league deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have signed RHP Brett Tomko to a minor league contract with no invitation to major league camp.

From the club:

Tomko, 37, spent last season in the Oakland organization after signing a minor league contract with the club on March 1. He was still returning from a nerve problem in his right arm that ended his 2009 season with Oakland. He did not make his first appearance last year until June 22 with the AZL Athletics, and combined to go 2-3 with a 7.18 ERA (50 ER/62.2 IP) in 14 games/starts with AZL Athletics (Rookie), Stockton (High-A), and Sacramento (AAA).

He has gone 100-102 with a 4.65 ERA (930 ER/1798.1 IP) in 389 games/266 starts in his major league career with Cincinnati (1997-99), Seattle (2000-01), San Diego (2002, 2007, 2008), St. Louis (2003), San Francisco (2004-05), Los Angeles (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), New York-AL (2009), and Oakland (2009). Tomko's last big league contest was a complete-game shutout with Oakland on Sept. 14, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 114 pitches), a 9-0 win for the A's.