Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants. Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said Tuesday night the sides had agreed to a deal, pending a physical. The 37-year-old Scutaro, the NL Championship Series MVP, batted .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 games with the Giants after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Colorado. Scutaro played for the Red Sox in 2010-11 . . . Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09, was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts and 176⅔ innings for the Angels . . . The Rockies received effective reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named from the Astros for young righthanders Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
Marlins ship Escobar to Tampa Bay
Shortstop Yunel Escobar’s stay with the Miami Marlins lasted all of two weeks. The payroll-slashing Marlins dealt the shortstop and his $5 million salary across Florida to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich . . . Eric Hinske, who spent the last three years with the Braves, agreed to a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks . . . Closer Brad Lidge, who recorded a perfect season for the 2008 World Series champion Phillies, is quietly retiring, according to multiple reports . . . Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Rangers reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract with a team option for 2015 . . . David Wright and the Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal in the team’s history . . . Billy Butler of the Royals was selected as the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award . . . CThe 26-year-old first-time All-Star batted .313 with 32 doubles, 29 homers, and 107 RBIs last season . . . ubs manager Dale Sveum said he was accidentally shot in the right ear and back by former teammate Robin Yount during a recent quail hunt in Arizona. Sveum said the pellets drew blood, but added he was OK and didn’t need stitches.
Wisconsin coach leaving for Arkansas
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema agreed to become the new coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, according to a person familiar with the situation, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports . . . Auburn has turned to Gus Malzahn to restore a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning a national title with Cam Newton operating his high-powered offense to perfection. Malzahn was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator during their 2010 national championship run before heading to Arkansas State for his first college head coaching position , where he led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl . . . . . . Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, who led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record, has been targeted as the top choice to replace Danny Hope at Purdue, ESPN reported . . . Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was fired a week after he was named in a federal investigation of a man accused of running a gambling operation in Oklahoma City. Parmley was publicly linked last month with the investigation into Teddy Mitchell, whose trial is scheduled for April.
Lakers’ Gasol has Bryant’s support
Ilitch said he’s proposing a ‘‘substantial investment in the development of a new residential, retail, office and entertainment district in downtown Detroit.’’Amid trade rumors and problems dealing with new coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, Pau Gasol received some powerful support from the Lakers’ biggest star, Kobe Bryant. “I love Pau like a brother,’’ Bryant told ESPN. “I want him to dominate like I know he can.’’ Gasol sat out Tuesday night’s games at Houston because of tendinitis in his knees. There is no timetable for his return. Gasol is averaging 12.6 points and shooting 42 percent from the floor, both career lows . . . The New Orleans Hornets are set to become the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013-14 season, according to Yahoo! Sports.
McIlroy voted PGA Tour player of year
Rory McIlroy was announced as PGA Tour player of the year. McIlroy wound up with four wins, including his eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship, and made a clean sweep of the biggest awards by winning the money title and having the lowest adjusted scoring average. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland became the youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods at age 21 in 1997. John Huh, who earned his card through Q-school, was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year . . . Redshirt sophomore forward Yasin Cissé has left the Boston University program and has decided to pursue other hockey endeavors in his native Canada, coach Jack Parker announced . Cissé, whose NHL draft rights belong to the Winnipeg Jets, played in 39 career games with the Terriers and totaled 7 points on two goals and five assists . . . . . . Dutch prosecutors will charge three youth soccer players with manslaughter for allegedly taking part in a vicious attack on a volunteer linesman after a match in The Hague. The linesman, Richard Nieuwenhuizen, died Monday, a day after he was beaten and kicked by players from Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten following their match at Buitenboys, a club in nearby Almere . . . Koki Kameda retained his WBA bantamweight title by scoring a split decision over Mexican challenger Hugo Ruiz in Osaka, Japan. in his fifth defense of the title he won in 2010.