This Date in Pirates History: November 18

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...

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The five-year plan: Minor transactions

Much of the 1996 rebuilding effort was made up of major trades that saw veteran Pirates leaving the city of Pittsburgh. Before we get into the more publicized deals, let’s look at some of the minor transactions that had some effect on the rebuilding process. January 18, 1996 – Signed Francisco Cordova as an amateur free agent. The Pirates signed Cordova, a 24-year-old playing in Mexico City, to a minor league contract before the...

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After the Deadline: In the beginning there was Rincon

Ricardo Rincon pitched in just 125 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his career. Despite just two seasons in relief, Rincon arguably contributed more to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last decade than any player. Rincon was traded after the 1998 season for Brian Giles. Giles played four and a half seasons with the Pirates, hitting no worse than .298 in his time here, with 35-39 homers a season. Giles was traded in 2003 for Jason...

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