Ogea will best be remembered by Cleveland fans for his efforts during the 1997 World Series. Not only did out-duel Marlins right-hander Kevin Brown twice in the series to lead the Indians to victories but he shocked everyone with his ability to produce at the plate as he became the first Cleveland pitcher to pickup two RBI’s in a World Series since 1920.
In exchange for Ogea, the Indians received 6-foot-7 right-hander Jerry Spradlin. Spradlin would last just four games in a Cleveland uniform as he posted a woeful 18.00 ERA.
As for Giles, he spent the first four years of his MLB career with the Indians, including slashing .268/.368/.459 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI’s in Cleveland’s 1997 American League title season.
He took his game to a new level in Pittsburgh, however, as he was named an All-Star in both 2000 and 2001 before going onto finish his career with the San Diego Padres.
In exchange for Giles, Cleveland acquired left-handed pitcher Ricardo Rincon. Rincon would spend three and a half seasons with the Indians and posted strong numbers in both 2000 (2.70 ERA) and 2001 (2.83 ERA).