Today in Tribe History: November 18, 1998

Cleveland and Pittsburgh pair up on a swap, as the Indians send young outfielder Brian Giles to the Pirates for reliever Ricardo Rincon.

Giles, who had spent parts of four seasons in the Tribe outfield, would explode onto the scene at Three Rivers Stadium, slugging four consecutive 30+ home run seasons, including a career-high 39 in 1999 while batting .315. He repeated his stellar numbers in 2000 with a .315 average, 35 home runs, and a career-best 123 RBI while making his first of two All-Star teams. He ended his 15-year MLB career with seven seasons in San Diego.

The left-handed Rincon was 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA for the Pirates in 1998 with 14 saves. He spent parts of four straight seasons in Cleveland, posting a 7-8 record with a 3.73 ERA before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics.

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