The Washington Nationals announced in a press release this afternoon that they had claimed 1B/3B Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Gomez, 28, joins his fourth organization after having been signed as an amateur free agent by the Texas Rangers in 2003. The 6'2'', 230 lb right-handed hitting and throwing infielder out of Bani, Peravia in the Dominican Republic became a free agent in 2009 and signed with Atlanta, but left the Braves two years later to sign with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he made his MLB debut in 2012, playing 37 games and making 111 plate appearances over which he was 28 for 102 (.275/.324/.422) with five doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Gomez was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays in April 2013. In 110 games and 453 PAs with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo this season, the infielder/DH had a .249/.322/.521 line with 21 doubles and 29 HRs, tying Nationals' prospect Zach Walters for the International League lead in home runs. Gomez was named an International League Post Season All-Star after leading the Buffalo Bisons in RBIs, extra base hits and total bases.
While with the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in 2012, Gomez was named the International League MVP after posting a .310/.371/.589 line in 100 games and 426 plate appearance in which he hit 34 doubles and 24 HRs.
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