Nationals claim Mauro Gomez off waivers

nationals90_image_thumbnailThe Nationals claimed corner infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers Thursday from the Blue Jays.

The 28-year-old power hitting first baseman-third baseman spent the past season with Class AAA Buffalo in Toronto’s system. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound right-hander hit .249 with 21 doubles, 29 home runs and 73 RBI. He drew 43 walks and posted a .843 OPS in 110 games with Buffalo.

His 29 home runs tied Nationals prospect Zach Walters, a September call-up, as the most in Class AAA this season.

Gomez will not factor into the Nationals’ season this year; he has been added to the 40-man roster but will not report to a team because the Class AAA season is over. He could be a potential invitee to big league camp next spring and be in contention for a bench spot next season. If anything, he provides depth.

Gomez, a Dominican Republic native, was signed by the Texas Rangers in 2003. He made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox last season and hit .275 with two homers in 37 games. Over 10 minor league seasons, he has hit 159 home runs, including five 20-homer campaigns.

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