MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins acquired first baseman Phil Nevin and cash from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a player to be named, a deal made on the final day players must be in an organization to be eligible for postseason play.
The 35-year-old Nevin was already dealt once this season, moving from the Texas Rangers to the Cubs on May 31 for utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. Nevin was batting .274 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 179 at-bats for Chicago.
With Rondell White struggling most of the season and neither Jason Kubel nor Lew Ford emerging as consistent hitters down the stretch, the Twins had a hole at designated hitter and needed a productive bat with some pop in the bottom third of the lineup.
They still have the best batting average in the majors at .286, but they scored only four runs during a three-game losing streak that ended Thursday with a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Minnesota moved within a half-game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL wild-card race and is five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
"We could use a little offensive push here," general manager Terry Ryan said.
This is Nevin's seventh major-league team in 12 career seasons.
To make room for Nevin on the 40-man roster, Minnesota transferred outfielder Shannon Stewart from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Chicago did not comment on the trade Thursday evening.
Baker, 3-7 with a 6.93 ERA in two previous stints in the majors this year, is expected to start Saturday against the Yankees.
With lefty Francisco Liriano trying to work his way back from arm problems and right-hander Brad Radke fighting persistent pain in his shoulder, Minnesota's rotation -- which will have three rookies in it with the addition of Baker -- is a question mark entering the season's final month.
Ryan was looking around for starting pitchers as well, too, as well as seasoned hitters.
"You do what you think is right," Ryan said. "I know people were concerned about our pitching, but we've been pitching pretty well. This is just something to supplement our roster for September."