Blue Jays Claim Mauro Gomez, Designate Bush

The minor moves continued for the Blue Jays yesterday with a waiver claim of 1B/3B/DH Mauro Gomez from the Red Sox and the designation of righty Dave Bush.

We all saw what happened to Bush on Sunday after he ate up some innings following R.A. Dickey’s feeble start.  While Bush looked good for most of spring training, as the bats started to get the timing down, it’s now evident that Bush will not be competitive at the major league level.  He throws 86 mph and doesn’t have the pin point control needed to get away with it.  I really like Bush, but I doubt he’s claimed on waivers and suspect he’ll accept a triple-A assignment.

I’m very surprised the Gomez became available on the waiver wire.  Maybe he’s one of those 4-A players (too good for triple-A, can’t cut it in the majors) but he certainly possesses power.  I only wish he hit left-handed (he bats and throws right).   The Red Sox had designated Gomez for assignment last week to open a 40-man roster spot for Jackie Bradley, Jr.  Gomez, 28, hit .310 avg, .371 obp, .589 slg with 24 home runs in 426 triple-A plate appearances last year, playing mostly first base.  He also played 37 games for the Red Sox, managing 102 at-bats.  He hit .275 avg, .324 obp, .422 slg with 2 homers and 17 rbis.  Not a bad bat to stash away in triple-A.

My guess is that if Gomez continues to hit, we’ll see him at some point this season.



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