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Mauro Gomez is headed to Japan

Nov 14, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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Mauro Gomez, who was claimed off waivers by the Nationals from the Blue Jays in September, has been released so that he can sign with a Japanese team.

Gomez played 37 games for the Red Sox in 2012, hitting .275 with a .746 OPS as a first baseman/third baseman, and at age 29 has logged nearly 1,500 plate appearances at Triple-A.

His power numbers in the minors have always been impressive and it’s possible he could have worked his way into a bench gig for 2014, but Japan no doubt offers a lot more job security and a bigger pay check after a decade in the minors.

  1. xdj511 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Good move for him. At this stage it’s better to go to Japan and become the next Tuffy Rhodes/Wladimir Balentin then to stay here and fight for a 25th roster spot somewhere.

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