Nationals claim 1B/3B Mauro Gomez off waivers from Blue Jays

The Washington Nationals today claimed first baseman/third baseman Mauro Gomez off waivers (not to report) from the Toronto Blue Jays. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

The 28 year-old Gomez joins the Nationals organization after hitting .249 with 21 doubles, 29 home runs, 43 walks, 73 RBI and a .843 OPS in 110 games this season for Buffalo of the Triple-A International League.

The right-handed hitting Gomez, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, tied current Nationals shortstop Zach Walters for the Triple-A lead with 29 home runs in 2013.

In seven seasons dating to 2007, Gomez has hit 150 homers/21.4 long balls per campaign, in the minor leagues.

Gomez made his big league debut in 2011 with the Red Sox and hit .275 (28-for-102) with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games.