After spending just over two months with the Nationals, longtime minor leaguer Mauro Gomez has been released. The 29-year-old is expected to pursue a contract in Japan for 2014.
Gomez, a corner infielder, was claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Sept. 5, 2013 from the Toronto Blue Jays. He originally signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2003, but spent ten seasons in the minor leagues since.
Gomez did reach the majors finally in 2012 at the age of 27, playing 37 games with the Red Sox. He hit .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI with Boston that year.
Gomez was expected to play with Syracuse next season with the potential of competing for a roster spot out of spring training. Going to Japan probably gives him a better shot at making more money and finding a more permanent home.
At 29 he still has a chance to return to the U.S. to pursue the dream of playing in the majors. He was tied for the most home runs in Triple-A in 2013 with 29 so the potential is there.
Gomez spent most of his minor league career with Texas, but also played in the Braves, Red Sox and Blue Jays systems. He never played a game for a Nationals affiliate.