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Blue Jays claim Mauro Gomez off waivers from Red Sox

Apr 8, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Boston designated Mauro Gomez for assignment last week to clear room on the 40-man roster for Jackie Bradley Jr. and Toronto has claimed the first baseman off waivers.

Gomez held his own in his first taste of the majors last season, hitting .275 with a .746 OPS in 37 games as a 27-year-old rookie, and has hit .307 with a .913 OPS in 235 games at Triple-A.

Toronto dropped David Bush from the 40-man roster to make space for Gomez, who profiles as a productive platoon starter versus left-handed pitching if given an extended opportunity. For now, though, he’ll head back to Triple-A.

  1. ienjoysensi - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Good pick up for the jays ( from a sox fan )

  2. oldpaddy - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I’m sorry to see david bush leave the jays :'(

  3. 13arod - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    the red sox need help they let 2 first basemen leave the team lyle overbay and know gomez

    • paperlions - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Except, you know, neither of those guys are actually any good.

      • kjericho43 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Nava is your backup now. And Carp is his…although I would rather not see Carp on the field anytime soon.

      • paperlions - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        He’s not mine, he’s the backup for the RS…..again, having a guy that is bad at baseball (by MLB standards) as the backup is not a positive… Nava >>>> Gomez or Overbay

    • kjericho43 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      If the Red Sox are seeing ANY “backup” for an extended amount of time, they will suck. As would any team. Gomez is/was a AAAA player, as is Nava. But in a small sample size, whatever.

  4. Ari Collins - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Yet another small issue with putting Bradley on the roster. They won’t likely lose Bradley’s service time, because he’s strugging now and they can reasonably send him to AA when (if?) Ortiz returns, but they could use more AAA 1B depth, and they don’t have as much anymauro. (Sorry.)

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