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.
|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)|
|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|