Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Rincon
On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ricardo Rincon to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Brian Giles. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Giles was an all-star outfielder and Rincon was a lefty reliever, who pitched 207 games for the Indians but only amassed 154.1 innings over four seasons and his last two years there his ERA was well over 4.00. Rincon had spent two seasons in the Pirates pen, his first big league experience. He was 28 years old and had a 3.17 ERA with 18 saves in 122 games at the time of the trade. Giles was 27 years old and had played two partial seasons and two full seasons with the Indians. In 299 games for them he had a .284 average with 39 homers and 157 RBI’s.  Giles received MVP votes in each of his four full seasons in Pittsburgh  Giles broke out right away with the Pirates, hitting .315 with 39 homers, 115 RBI’s, 95 walks and 109 runs scored in 1999. He followed that up by hitting .315 again in 2000 with a career high ...
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