December 8, 1987 - The Reds sent veteran slugger Dave Parker to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Jose Rijo and Tim Birtsas. Although Parker's bat and leadership skills were sorely missed by the Reds, the move turned out to be beneficial for both squads moving forward.
Rijo immediately made an impact on the pitching staff as evidenced by his 13-8 record and 2.39 ERA in 49 games during 1988. By 1990, he had emerged as the undisputed ace of the staff. His arm helped guide Cincy to a sweep over the team that traded him in the 1990 World Series. He was named the World Series MVP after posting a 2-0 record and 0.59 ERA in two starts.
Rijo's dominance in the league would continue through 1995 at which time he suffered a serious elbow injury that would force him out of Major League Baseball until 2001. His attempt at a comeback was brief. The Dominican right-hander retired in 2002 after compiling a 97-61 record, 2.83 ERA, and 1.187 WHIP in his Reds career.