Royals release Brett Tomko

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Brett Tomko signed a minor-league contract with the Royals in an effort to make it back to the majors for the first time since 2011, but the 41-year-old’s comeback is over now.

Tomko posted a 3.80 ERA in 48 innings at Triple-A, but it came with a poor 32/19 K/BB ratio and the Royals decided to release him today.

His comeback was always a long shot because Tomko turned 41 years old in April and … well, he was never that great to begin with. He has a 4.65 career ERA in 14 seasons as a big leaguer and posted an ERA under 4.00 exactly one time since 1998. He did make more than $21 million though, so … solid career.

Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN on opening day

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Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.

Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.

“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”

Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.

Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.

“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.

Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.