The Nationals have claimed corner infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Blue Jays, giving them another bench option for next season.
The 28-year-old Gomez hit .249 with 29 home runs, 21 doubles, 73 RBI and a .843 OPS in 110 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Gomez’s 29 homers tied current Nationals shortstop Zach Walters for the most home runs at the Triple-A level this year.
Gomez will not be reporting to the Nationals this season, but will provide depth within the organization and will likely have an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big league roster in 2014.
The right-handed-hitting Gomez appeared in 37 games with the Red Sox in 2011, his lone big league action to this point in his career. In that time, Gomez hit .275/.324/.422 with two homers and 17 RBIs.
He’s primarily a first baseman, but also played 10 games at third base this season.