In the early 1990s, Carlos Baerga was one of the better second basemen in the American League. A decent fielder, Baerga was known more for his offensive production from both sides of the plate as a switch-hitter. He hit over .300 four straight years for Cleveland and batted third in the powerful Indians lineup ahead of Albert Belle. Baerga collected 200 hits and drove in 100 runs in 1992 and 1993, becoming only the third second baseman to do both in consecutive seasons. He was a three-time All-Star, all coming during his tenure with Cleveland at the start of his career.
Baerga came to the Indians from San Diego in the blockbuster trade in which Cleveland also acquired catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. The Tribe sent Joe Carter to the Padres in the deal. Baerga and Alomar spent a combined 19 seasons in Cleveland, earning 10 All-Star nods, making the deal one of the best in Tribe history.
Baerga was traded to the New York Mets for Jeff Kent, another deal that involved marquee players.