With the American Association playing a large number of games against Can-Am League teams, it makes sense to see what it going on in this independent league as well, so the Minor League Sports Report will do a monthly look at each of the off-season moves of the six teams in this league. When the season begins there will be a weekly recap for each team.
The Trois-Rivieres Aigles have struggled in their first two seasons in the Can-Am League. The Aigles are 80-114 in their first two seasons, and took a minor step backward last season, winning six fewer games than the previous season.
To prepare for the 2015 season, Trois-Rivieres has been busy building a quality roster. This should be a much deeper roster this season, and give the Aigles a real shot at making a playoff run this season.
On September 18, INF Jose Cuevas was acquired by Trois-Rivieres from New Jersey to complete an August 22 deal. Cuevas had split time between the Jackals and Aigles last season, hitting a combined .265 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 88 games. He played quite well for Trois-Rivieres, hitting .295 with 10 home runs in the 57 games he was with the club.
On September 22 the club exercised the option on several players from last season, including RHPs Matthew Rusch, Mike Bradstreet, and Jadd Schmeltzer. All three had ERAs under three this last season, and Rusch led the team with nine wins and 2.72 ERA.
On October 13, LHP Ryan Bollinger was acquired from Winnipeg of the American Association. The left-hander split time between St. Paul and Winnipeg last season, winning all four of his decisions. He made seven appearances for the Saints, where he struggled, but pitched better in four starts for the Goldeyes.
On November 26, RHP Nick Purdy was traded to Ottawa in exchange for a player to be named later. Purdy appeared in 39 games last season for the Aigles, going 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA.
Earlier in the off-season, the team did not exercise the option on RHP Alex Kreis making him a free agent, but on January 6 he was re-signed by the club. The right-hander had an outstanding season for Trois-Rivieres last season, making 18 appearances in relief, going 1-1 with one save and an impressive 2.57 ERA.
On February 18, 11-year professional baseball infielder Pedro Lopez was signed by the team. Lopez last played with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, and is trying to reignite his career. He is a former major leaguer who should add some depth and experience to the team.
By Robert Pannier