The Can-Am League-winning ottawa champions busy offseason news cycle hit a high spot this week when the second-year baseball team was named Can-Am League Organization of the Year. The award involves several factors that are a combination of post-season ballots filled out by the league’s managers and front offices, surveys done by the managers and input from the umpires. More than 130,000 fans watched the Champions play at RCGT Park in 2016 and while the team ended the regular season with a so-so 51-49 record and a fourth-place finish in the six-team circuit, they got hot in the playoffs and took out the #New Jersey Jackals in the semi-finals and the #Rockland Boulders in the finals to earn their inaugural Can-Am League championship.

Champions bring back All-Star Cordero

Meanwhile, in player moves, the Champions re-signed All-Star RHP Daniel Cordero for the 2017 season. Cordero put together a 10-4 win-loss record with a 3.79 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. He was recently named No. 26 on Baseball America’s list of the top Independent League prospects. The Barinas, Venezuela native led the Can-Am League in regular season wins and made two starts in the playoffs, going 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA. The righty was originally signed by the #Atlanta Braves in 2012 and made it to Single-A Rome in the South Atlantic League. In other player transactions, the Champions traded LHP Miles Moeller to the Quebec Capitales to complete the June 24 trade that brought OF Derrick Pyles to Ottawa.

Moeller, 25, racked up a 3-4 won-loss record with a 4.08 ERA in 53 innings over 24 games, including four starts in the regular season. He tossed seven scoreless innings in three relief appearances in the playoffs. The club also swapped LHP Josh Blanco to the Sussex County Miners to complete the July 10 trade that brought LHP Jarret Martin to Canada's capital.

Blanco, 26, was 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched during 22 relief appearances. He hurled one inning of scoreless relief in the playoffs.

Ottawa sends pitcher Laetten Galbraith to Railcats

Another move involved the trading of RHP Laetten Galbraith to the Gary Southshore Railcats to complete the Aug.

4 trade that brought OF Adron Chambers to the Champions. Galbraith, 24, owned a 3-7 won-loss record with a 5.01 ERA in 97 innings over 23 games. He was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three playoff relief appearances. Chambers, 30, batted .304 with one home run and 10 RBI in 24 regular season games with Ottawa and hit .289 with six RBI in the Champions’ nine playoff games.

Season tickets and flex packs for the 2017 Ottawa Champions season and tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 in Ottawa are on sale now.

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