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MLB Roundup: Chavez, D-Backs agree on deal; McLouth has deal with Orioles

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have come to terms with infielder Eric Chavez on a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $3 million, according to reports, and is contingent upon Chavez passing a physical.

Chavez, 34, split time last season between first and third base and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. He hit .281 with 16 homers in 278 at-bats. Injuries have limited his playing time the past five years.

A six-time Gold Glove third baseman while he was with Oakland, Chavez is expected to be a reserve for the Diamondbacks in the 2013 season.

The Diamondbacks also reportedly have re-signed backup catcher Wil Nieves, 34, to a one-year, $800,000 deal. Nieves is a career .229 hitter.

---Free-agent outfielder Nate McLouth has reached agreement with the Baltimore Orioles on a one-year deal.

Fox Sports reported the contract would be worth $2 million plus $500,000 in incentives.

McLouth, 31, came to the Orioles in June after being waived by Pittsburgh. The former All-Star spent two months in the minor leagues before returning to the majors and hitting .268 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games.

His 2012 contract was $1.75 million.

---The Chicago White Sox and free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger have agreed on a three-year, $12 million contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Keppinger, 32, hit .325 with nine homers for Tampa Bay last season. The versatile veteran, who can play third base, second base and shortstop is a .288 career hitter who likely will fill a valuable utility role for the White Sox.

A fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, Keppinger has been around the league, spending time with the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants and Rays.

---Free-agent outfielder Jason Bay is set to join the Seattle Mariners.

Bay has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Mariners, according to reports Wednesday. The team had yet to announce the deal.

In November, Bay and the New York Mets parted ways after three seasons. He had one guaranteed year left on his four-year, $66 million contract.

The oft-injured Bay hit .165 with eight home runs and 20 RBI last season. His injuries, which included a concussion and ribs, limited him to 288 games with the Mets.

---Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland apparently wants Gene Lamont beside him on the bench next season.

Leyland said he's shifting the 65-year-old former manager from third-base to bench coach in a move designed to give him "a great baseball mind who will be there with me," according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tom Brookens will move from first-base coach to third-base coach and Rafael Belliard will shift from infield coach to first-base coach.

Leyland hasn't used a bench coach for several years.

The Tigers lost in the World Series to San Francisco this past season.
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