After a successful 2012 season in the Boston system, Gomez is attempting to catch on with Toronto.
The Providence Journal’s Tim Britton reported in a tweet that Gomez is headed to Boston’s intradivision rival:
The Blue Jays have claimed Mauro Gomez.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) April 8, 2013
The Blue Jays announced their addition on their official Twitter account and confirmed he was optioned to their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.
The 28-year-old right-handed Gomez is a first baseman who also has experience playing third.
He finished last year on Boston’s roster and had become one of the top depth options in the organization.
He hit .310 with 24 home runs and 74 RBI in 100 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012, winning the International League MVP award. He also appeared in 37 games for the Red Sox, hitting .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI.
He competed for a spot with Boston this spring training but hit just .156 with no home runs in 22 games. The lackluster performance led to him being designated for assignment to make room for surging rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the team’s 40-man roster.
Gomez was also made expendable in Boston by the offseason acquisitions of first basemen Mike Napoli and Mike Carp. Additionally, backup outfielder Daniel Nava learned the position during spring training.
With two minor league options remaining, the release of Gomez was also indicative of the depth Boston accumulated at the corner infield positions in the minors.
Drew Sutton, a veteran of parts of four major league seasons, figures to be the top option if help is needed at the major league level in 2013. The 29-year-old switch-hitter can play all over the infield and is starting this season with Pawtucket. He previously played in the Boston system in 2011.
The Red Sox have two other experienced players in the minors who can play first base.
Left-handed hitting Mark Hamilton was signed by Boston this past offseason after spending the previous seven years in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization. The 28-year-old has 47 games of major league experience under his belt. He also started this season at Pawtucket.
Brandon Snyder, a veteran of 56 games during the past three years with the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, recently joined Pawtucket after being signed as a free agent. The 26-year-old right-handed hitter has played catcher, outfield and third in the past, but is primarily a first baseman at this point in his career.
Gomez is now a depth option for the Blue Jays. He could possibly play against his former team if he’s brought to the majors this season, which would make for an interesting storyline in Boston.
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