Blue Jays sign Aumont to minor-league deal

Phillippe Aumont. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont to a minor-league deal.

The 26-year-old native of Gatineau, Quebec elected free agency in June after he was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies. He will now join the Blue Jays’ triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

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Aumont was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning squad at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The 6-foot-7 hurler helped Canada reach the gold medal game with a strong outing versus Puerto Rico in the men’s semi-final, and surrendered just three hits over eight total innings of work, striking out eight.

Aumont made his first MLB start versus the St. Louis Cardinals on June 19. He laboured through four innings, giving up five hits, six earned runs, two home runs and seven walks in a loss.

A selection of the Mariners in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2007 amateur draft, Aumont was a key piece in the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle.

Aumont has a 6.80 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work in 46 appearances over parts of four seasons with the Phillies.

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