1B Gomez claimed by Blue Jays

BOSTON -- Former Red Sox first baseman Mauro Gomez was claimed off waivers Monday by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox announced.

Gomez had been designated for assignment March 31 as Boston pared down its Opening Day roster. With the need to keep Jackie Bradley Jr. around and other first base options in starter Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava and Mike Carp, Gomez was expendable.

In 37 games for the Red Sox in 2012, Gomez hit .275 with a pair of home runs and 17 RBI. He played primarily at first base but also saw action at third base and designated hitter. The 28-year-old was in the mix for a possible spot on the Opening Day roster while the Napoli negotiations wore on this winter, but found himself as nothing more than a depth piece for Boston by the end of spring training. Bradley’s emergence had a lot to do with that.

The Blue Jays announced that they designated reliever David Bush to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Gomez.