By Jeff Louderback
Mauro Gomez, the slugging corner infielder/DH who was named the International League’s Most Valuable Player last year while playing at Triple-A Pawtucket, was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and was optioned to their IL Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.
Gomez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox to make room for Jackie Bradley on the Opening Day roster and the 40-man roster.
In 426 plate appearances last season, the 28-year-old Gomez belted 24 home runs and knocked in 74 while generating a hitting line of .310/.371/.589/.960. Because of injuries at the Major League level, Gomez made his big league debut and batted .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 111 plate appearances.
Gomez was expendable because of the team’s need for relievers with Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow opening the regular season on the disabled list. The Red Sox also chose to keep outfielder Alex Hassan, who is on the roster at Triple-A Pawtucket and could eventually be a DFA candidate when they need to make room on the 40-man roster this season.