Twins add veteran bat Nevin

Twins add veteran bat Nevin

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have been seeking a strong bat in their lineup to flourish in the designated hitter slot all season long.

Now they may have found that bat -- on the waiver wire.

The Twins acquired first baseman/designated hitter Phil Nevin and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in return for a player to be named just before the deadline to set postseason rosters. Nevin, 35, has batted .245 this season with 12 doubles, 21 home runs and 64 RBIs in 113 games while playing for the Cubs and Rangers.

Over his 12 Major League seasons, Nevin has shown the ability to be a run producer while delivering 207 career home runs and 739 RBIs.

Nevin will join the Twins in New York and be in uniform for the club's Friday night game against the Yankees. To make room for Nevin on the roster, the Twins have transferred Shannon Stewart to the 60-day disabled list.

Along with the acquisition of Nevin, the Twins also announced that they will be calling up three players to join the club on Friday as rosters expand -- pitcher Scott Baker, catcher Chris Heintz and infielder Alexi Casilla.

Baker has made 12 starts for the Twins this season, going 3-7 with a 6.93 ERA. He is expected to start in place of Brad Radke on Saturday against the Yankees.

Heintz, 32, spent all of this season with Triple-A Rochester and batted .281 with 22 doubles and 38 RBIs.

Both Heintz and Baker were recalled and the Twins will purchase the contract of Casilla, who they acquired in a trade for left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero this past December. Casilla, 22, started the season with Class A Fort Myers and batted .331 with 12 doubles, 33 RBIs and 31 stolen bases in 78 games before being promoted to Double-A New Britain on July 14. With the Rock Cats, Casilla batted .305 with 19 stolen bases in 43 games.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.