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February 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Red Sox sign first baseman Mauro Gomez to minor league deal

Baseball America's Matt Eddy reported on Twitter that the Red Sox have signed first baseman Mauro Gomez to a minor league contract.

Gomez, 27, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texas Rangers in 2003. He initially showed some power in his first season with significant playing time in 2007. As a member of Low-A Clinton, Gomez hit .262/.316/.445 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI.

The right-handed hitting Gomez has flourished the past few seasons after joining the Atlanta organization in 2010. Last season as a member of Triple-A Gwinnett, Gomez hit .304/.356/.522 with 24 home runs and 90 RBI in 135 games. Gomez seems to have improved his strike zone recognition lately, being more selective at the plate and getting on base at a .398 clip the second half of last season.

Gomez figures to be in the mix for significant playing time as a member of Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012.