Left-hander Javier Lopez's new deal with the Giants became official Tuesday, when the free-agent reliever signed a three-year, $13 million contract after passing a physical.
The deal was agreed upon last week.
"I wanted to finish up as a Giant," said Lopez, 36.
Midway through the 2013 season, Lopez thought he might be traded. But general manager Brian Sabean told Lopez he intended to keep him around, not just for the rest of the 2013 season, but for future years as well.
"I think that was a big deal, I really do," Lopez said. "I've never had a G.M. do that before."
Lopez still decided to test the market and said the pull from his hometown Washington Nationals was strong, with family members and friends urging the University of Virginia product to return home.
"I did just want to reach out and see what kind of interest there was around the league and gauge the thoughts of my family," Lopez said, "but ultimately San Francisco was number one the entire time and that's ultimately how it worked out."
To clear a spot for Lopez on the 40-man roster, left-hander Jose Mijares was outrighted. Mijares, acquired late in the 2012 season, cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. The sides rested last Thursday after 12 days of sessions, and a decision on whether to uphold or alter the discipline is expected in January.
Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract, and he played pending a determination of the grievance.
Smith agreed to terms on his new deal during the weekend and was traveling Tuesday in order to undergo his physical with Los Angeles, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to announce the addition of Smith.
Smith, 29, spent the past five seasons with the Cleveland Indians.
Kottaras, 30, served as Kansas City's backup catcher last season after being claimed off waivers from the A's in January.
Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards, and No. 18 Northern Illinois (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American) completed an undefeated regular season with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan in DeKalb, Ill. Lynch carried the ball 27 times in topping his previous record of 316 yards, set Oct. 19 against Central Michigan. The Huskies will meet Bowling Green or Buffalo in the MAC title game Dec. 6 at Detroit's Ford Field.
Staff writer Alex Pavlovic and The Associated Press contributed to this report.