Nats claim infielder Gomez from Blue Jays
Veteran Minor Leaguer tied for the Triple-A lead with 29 homers this year
The Nationals claimed corner infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Gomez hit .249 with an .843 OPS, 29 homers and 73 RBIs for Triple-A Buffalo this season. The 28-year-old first baseman/third baseman also slugged 21 doubles and drew 43 walks in 110 games for Buffalo.
The Blue Jays designated Gomez for assignment on Tuesday.
Gomez, a right-handed hitter listed at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, has hit 150 homers in his past seven Minor League seasons, an average of 21.4 per year. His 29 round-trippers this year tied Nats shortstop Zach Walters, rated as the team's 12th-best prospect, for the Triple-A lead.
Gomez made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 2012, hitting .275 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games. He is a career .278/.333/.488 hitter over 10 Minor League seasons.