PITTSBURGH - Aramis Ramirez is headed back to the Pittsburgh Pirates after they acquired the veteran third baseman from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Pirates got Ramirez on Thursday for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.
The trade came 12 years to the day after the Pirates sent Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs.
The 37-year-old Ramirez, a three-time All-Star, is hitting .247 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in what he says is his final season.
The contending Pirates, who will also receive cash considerations in the trade, were in need of infield help with regular third baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer both out at least another month with injuries. Pittsburgh began Thursday trailing St. Louis by six games in the NL Central.
Ramirez began his major league career with Pittsburgh, hitting .263 with 76 home runs in six seasons with the Pirates.