40-year-old Brett Tomko pitching in Dominican Republic, looking for minor league deal

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Brett Tomko will turn 41 next April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but hasn’t given up on his playing career.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish passed along a similar report earlier this week. This technically doesn’t qualify as a comeback, as Tomko has never really stopped pitching. He spent 2012 in the minors between the Reds and Diamondbacks and pitched with the independent York Revolution this past season.

Tomko made his major league debut in 1997 and owns a 100-103 record and a 4.65 ERA over 14 seasons in the majors. If all goes according to plan, he’ll get a chance to add to those totals in 2014.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.