Aumont agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Monday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. Aumont, who was once a top prospect for the Mariners and then the Phillies, is looking to return to the majors after pitching in Canada last season (4.51 ERA and 103:30 K:BB across 17 starts). He was never able to put it together at the highest level, posting a 6.80 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over 43.2 innings with the Phillies. The soon-to-be 29-year-old will likely serve as organizational pitching depth next season.
Aumont has retired from professional baseball. Aumont played only at the Triple-A Charlotte in 2016. The relief pitcher finished his career with a 6.80 ERA and 42 strikeouts at the major league level.
The White Sox reassigned Aumont to minor league camp Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Aumont had no chance of making the MLB roster, but he hung around the big league team until the exhibition finale as an extra arm. Aumont allowed zero runs, but walked seven, in his eight Cactus League innings. He could be up later in the season if injuries decimate the big league bullpen.
Aumont signed a minor league deal with the White Sox on Monday, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports. Aumont once rated as a top-100 prospect and was included in a Clif Lee trade, but he has yet to do much in his 46 career major league appearances, and he did nil in the Blue Jays' organization after signing mid-2015. He will attempt to resurrect his career in a White Sox's organization that has previously revived previously-heralded arms.
Phillies pitcher Phillippe Aumont elected free agency after being designated for assignment on Saturday. Aumont did not perform well in his first career start Friday against the Cardinals, allowing six runs in four innings.
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