Aumont, who started the season with the Phillies, was a major letdown this year. The Canadian appeared in 22 games going 1-3 with a 4.19 ERA and a bloated 1.91 WHIP in 19.1 innings. He was sent down twice and was not part of the September call-ups despite being on the 40-man roster.
How would Aumont view his season? He told Jeff Schuler of The Morning Call that it was "mostly a waste of my time" and it was "completely garbage." Aumont spoke like someone who was reading the writing on the wall and wanting to get out of Philadelphia.
He later said "If I'm not in their plans, I don't want to be back" which is startling to hear from a guy who is just 24 years old. He said if he is in the plans then he wants to play for the Phillies but he seemed to be getting the sense that the team might want to move on. If that's the case? "Then I think it's time for me to move on."
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee was highly critical of Aumont following his most recent demotion alluding to the fact that the righthander struggled (underlying tone suggested he "refused") to make adjustments. This probably weighed on Aumont fueling his frustration-filled comments.
I don't know if a new place will help Aumont but, if it makes him feel any better, Dubee in all likelihood will be coaching elsewhere next year seeing as his contract expires in 24 games. Aumont has loads and loads of promise but cannot seem to put it all together. He might get one more year to prove his worth or else that awful Lee trade will look even worse.
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