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Nats claim IF Mauro Gomez off waivers

Sep 5, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Nationals made a minor acquisition on Thursday, claiming corner infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Gomez, 28, hit .249 with 29 home runs, 73 RBI and 43 walks in 110 games with Triple-A Buffalo this year. His 29 homers tied current National Zach Walters for the most in the International League.

Gomez is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds and bats right-handed. He played 37 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2012, batting .275 with 17 RBI and 14 runs. In seven minor league seasons he has hit 150 home runs.

Gomez was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Texas Rangers in 2003 out of the Dominican Republic. He also spent two years in the Atlanta Braves system from 2009-11.

The Blue Jays designated Gomez for assignment on Sept. 3.

  1. Doc - Sep 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    So I guess that Mauro can’t field??

  2. Sonny G 10 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    28 years old already. Not too excited over this.

  3. Sonny G 10 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    On the Washington Nationals web site there is a link to an article about Adam LaRoche’s medicine making him lose weight. However the link wouldn’t work for me. Does anyone know what his medicine is for? Is it his ADD meds?

    • braveheart1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Yes, it is his ADD meds causing the weight loss.

    • paul brandt - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Sonny, correct, the ADD meds.

      • paul brandt - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        braveheart beat me to it…

  4. chrisvirginia - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I know a few years ago he was taking Adderall for ADD. Those stimulants can have side effects of appetite suppression and weight loss. I have thought throughout the year that he has looked thinner than in the last.

  5. paul brandt - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Reds up 3-1, top of the 5th after a Freese solo HR.

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    This seems like a good time to repost the new & improved NIDO+ link:

    http://prettyfrickenbueno.wordpress.com

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Thanks, sofa. I bookmarked it.

  7. letswin3 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    If I’ve done the math right, this guy’s 29 dingers over 110 games project to 43 in a full 162 game season. I’m wondering if he’s done any pinch hitting? A pinch hitter who can hit 250 and provide power is never too old. And if he can play any defense at all, it’s gotta be a good pickup. Our current R- Hander off the bench has a healthy paycheck, so this guy just might be an inexpensive power bat off the bench.

  8. NatsNut - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Thank goodness. It’s about time they got somebody in here to help this team finally contend. ;)

  9. NatsLady - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Mauro Gomez as a pinch hitter in 2012

    .231/.231/.462 13 ABs, 3 hits, 1 HR, 7 RBIs 2Ks, 1 GIDP

  10. NatsLady - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Boy, I had forgotten how slow-paced football is. A spurt of action and 5+ minutes of commercials, yada yada and standing around.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Violence punctuated by committee meetings.

  11. David Proctor - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    There was a fantastic article in the Post yesterday about Jayson Werth. Here’s a link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/jayson-werths-resurgence-erases-doubts-including-his-own/2013/09/05/6d02db80-1652-11e3-804b-d3a1a3a18f2c_story.html

  12. Muddy Ruel - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    FWIW, yeah, he’s 28 but his birthday is tomorrow when he’ll be 29. Anyway, this acquistion is one of those Nats’ decisions that leaves you scratching head and mumbling “whaaaat?”. They already have lots of lumbering firstbasemen — LAR, TyMo, potentially Zimmerman, Marrero, Skoles, Key, and they drafted more this year, most of whom are righthanded. And they call up TyMo and sit him on the bench. Hmmmm, I’m righthanded and lumbering — wonder if I get dust off my lst baseman’s mit and head to the indy leagues …

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