New Arrival: Ricardo Rincon, rp, Cleveland Indians

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Ricardo Rincon was involved in two trades during his career.

The first was in 1998 when the Indians, desperately looking for some left handed help out of the pen, traded Brian Giles to the Pirates for Rincon. At the time it was a simple enough trade: the Indians were dealing from a position of depth to add what they thought was an important piece to a contending team. It did not go well. In four season with the Indians Rincon would pitch 154 innings, go 7-8 with a 3.73 ERA, 1.322 WHIP and earn 2.9 WAR. He was solid, but not the pitcher the Indians thought they were getting. Brian Giles, of course, would go on have a 15 year career, hit 287 HR and retire with a .400 OBP and 50.9 WAR (average to about 3.4 per season).

The second times Rincon was traded it was made famous in the book “Moneyball”. The Athletics also needed some left handed help in their beat up pen, and would trade Marshall McDougal to add Rincon. Ricardo would do a little better with Oakland, but not much.

He lives in Mexico and is a tough autograph to find, but I was lucky enough to get in on a consignment in country and was able to these two cards done.  With him and Eric Plunk November was a very productive month for me adding tough ex-Indians and Athletics bullpen guys to my collection.

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GF SV IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP
1990 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1991 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1992 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1993 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1994 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1995 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1996 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Mexico)
1997 27 PIT NL 4 8 3.45 62 23 4 60.0 51 24 71 126 1.250
1998 28 PIT-min AA,AAA 0 0 4.50 3 2 0 4.0 5 2 2 1.750
1998 28 PIT NL 0 2 2.91 60 27 14 65.0 50 29 64 151 1.215
1999 29 CLE-min AA 0 0 5.40 2 0 0 1.2 2 0 2 1.200
1999 29 CLE AL 2 3 4.43 59 14 0 44.2 41 24 30 113 1.455
2000 30 CLE-min AAA 0 0 0.00 2 1 0 2.0 1 0 2 0.500
2000 30 CLE AL 2 0 2.70 35 4 0 20.0 17 13 20 185 1.500
2001 31 CLE AL 2 1 2.83 67 19 2 54.0 44 21 50 159 1.204
2002 32 TOT AL 1 4 4.18 71 9 1 56.0 47 11 49 106 1.036
2002 32 CLE AL 1 4 4.79 46 6 0 35.2 36 8 30 92 1.234
2002 32 OAK AL 0 0 3.10 25 3 1 20.1 11 3 19 142 0.689
2003 33 OAK AL 8 4 3.25 64 16 0 55.1 45 32 40 137 1.392
2004 34 OAK AL 1 1 3.68 67 10 0 44.0 45 22 40 124 1.523
2005 35 OAK AL 1 1 4.34 67 4 0 37.1 34 20 27 101 1.446
2006 36 STL NL 0 0 10.80 5 1 0 3.1 6 4 6 45 3.000
2007 37 SFG-min AAA 1 0 1.69 7 3 1 5.1 7 1 3 1.500
2008 38 NYM-min AAA 0 2 3.72 43 6 2 36.1 48 6 24 1.486
2008 38 NYM NL 0 0 4.50 8 1 0 4.0 4 1 3 102 1.250
2009 39 MCD AAA 1 1 5.12 44 8 2 31.2 36 14 24 1.579
2010 40 MTN AAA 8 8 5.74 31 3 0 78.1 81 43 48 1.583
2011 41 MTN,MTY AAA 1 3 5.24 26 7 2 22.1 29 11 14 1.791
2012 42 ASC AAA 2 2 6.14 52 5 0 29.1 37 8 25 1.534
11 Yrs 21 24 3.59 565 128 21 443.2 384 201 400 126 1.319
162 Game Avg. 3 3 3.59 68 15 3 53 46 24 48 126 1.319
OAK (4 yrs) 10 6 3.61 223 33 1 157.0 135 77 126 124 1.350
CLE (4 yrs) 7 8 3.73 207 43 2 154.1 138 66 130 126 1.322
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/19/2014.
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