Today in Tribe History: November 18, 1998

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

In a short-sighted move, the Cleveland Indians trade outfielder Brian Giles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed relief pitcher Ricardo Rincón. Giles was considered the “odd man out” in a crowded outfield and coming off a solid offensive year that saw him hit .269 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in 112 games. He would go on to be a power hitting all-star with the Pirates as he compiled a .309 batting average over the next four seasons in Pittsburgh and never hit fewer than 35 home runs in a season during that stretch. Rincón spent three and a half seasons with Cleveland posting a 3.73 earned run average and a 7-8 record.

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