Today in Tribe History: December 6, 1989

The Cleveland Indians, fresh off of a disappointing sixth place 73-89 finish, trade their best offensive weapon, Joe Carter, to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Chris James.

Carter is entering the final year of his contract and appears willing to depart the club for free agency. He played in all 162 games of the season, but hit for his lowest average (.243) with the Indians. He compensated with a career-high 35 home runs and his third 100-RBI season.

James split the 1989 season between Philadelphia and San Diego. A third baseman and corner outfielder by trade, he will get regular playing time over the next two seasons with Cleveland before becoming a free agent. He is best remembered for his nine-RBI game on May 4th, 1991, against Oakland.

Alomar and Baerga are a pair of prospects with little professional experience. Alomar, who had played eight games over the previous two seasons while blocked by veteran Benito Santiago, will win the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1990 on his way to a 20-year career with six trips to the All-Star Game. Baerga will make his MLB debut in 1990 and become a regular in the middle of the Tribe lineup for seven years, hitting over .300 for four straight seasons, before his trade to the New York Mets in 1996.

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