Aumont signed with the Ottawa Champions of the independent Canadian American Association on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Aumont was once a good enough prospect to have been drafted 11th overall and to headline a Cliff Lee trade, but his control never developed. He recorded a 6.80 ERA with a 15.6 percent walk rate over 43.2 innings with the Phillies from 2012 to 2015 and has been out of the big leagues since. He spent 2018 in the Tigers' system, recording a 6.23 ERA in the high minors. The Canadian will return for a second stint with Ottawa after starting 17 games there with a 4.51 ERA in 2017.
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.
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