The Cubs traded Jerry Hairston for Phil Nevin in May, when they still hoped to contend and needed an injury replacement for Derrek Lee. Chicago’s situation has changed drastically since then, so it sent Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named on Thursday, the last day players could be dealt and remain eligible for the postseason. The Cubs also contributed cash toward Nevin’s 2006 salary.
Nevin, 35, provides little beyond power these days, but he still should be an upgrade over current Twins DH Rondell White. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft, Nevin is hitting .245/.321/.456 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs in 113 games. He has seen time at first base and in the outfield this year, but he’s more of a DH at this point in his career. He’s making $10 million this year, the final season of a four-year, $34 million contract. Nevin is a lifetime .271/.343/.474 hitter with 207 homers and 739 RBIs in 1,201 games.
September 5 update: The Cubs received righthander Adam Harben to complete the trade. The Twins drafted him in the 15th round out of Westark (Ark.) CC in 2002, partly on the recommendation of teammate Toby Gardenhire, the son of Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire who also later signed with the Twins in 2005. Harben has a strong arm, pitching at 92-94 mph when he’s at full strength, but mastering his secondary pitches and command has been a challenge. He went 4-9, 3.96 in 29 games (22 starts) this year at Double-A New Britain. He had a 74-67 K-BB ratio in 123 innings, while opponents hit .254 with five homers against him.