Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, right where he wanted to be.
The NL championship series MVP agreed to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants late Tuesday. Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said only a physical was left to finalize the deal.
“He was a priority from Day One,” Evans said. “He was a key part of our 2012 success and served as a tremendous veteran presence.”
Earlier in the evening, Scutaro had been weighing a two-year contract offer that included a vesting option — but he was seeking a three-year deal to remain with the World Series champions. The Giants and Scutaro’s representatives met Tuesday at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
The Indians have named right-hander Cody Allen winner of the Bob Feller Award and outfielder Tim Fedroff the recipient of the Lou Boudreau Award as the organization’s minor-league pitcher and player of the year.
Allen, 24, pitched at three minor-league levels before being promoted to the Indians on July 20, becoming only the second member of the 2011 draft class to make it to the majors. He began his big-league career by making 12 consecutive scoreless appearances and went on to post an 0-1 record and 3.72 ERA in 27 relief outings.
Fedroff, 25, began the season at Double-A Akron and was promoted on June 6 to Triple-A Columbus, where he batted .325 with 52 runs, 14 doubles, nine home runs and 32 RBI in 69 games.
Keppinger agrees to deal
Versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.
Keppinger hit .325 with a career-high nine home runs and 40 RBI for Tampa Bay last season. The well-traveled 32-year-old is known for making contact and has more walks than strikeouts during his eight-year career with the Rays, San Francisco, Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas City and the Mets.
McLouth to rejoin O’s
Free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million.
The 31-year-old McLouth revived his career with the Orioles last season. An NL All-Star in 2008, McLouth was cut by Pittsburgh in late May after hitting just .140 with two RBI in 34 games.
Bay, Mariners agree
Free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.
The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets.
Bay hit .165 with eight home runs and 20 RBI last season.
Astros trade for pitchers
The Houston Astros have traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
The deal was announced Tuesday night and was the first trade at the winter meetings.
Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season. Known for his sharp control, he struck out 54 and walked just eight in 66 ⅓ innings. The 29-year-old righty has done well at inducing groundballs and spent the last four seasons with Houston.
The 24-year-old White was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA.