DALLAS — The Chicago White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, sending him back to the organization where he spent three seasons trying to make the majors as a shortstop.

Toronto gave up pitching prospect Nestor Molina to acquire Santos, 28, in a swap made at baseball’s winter meetings.

Santos had 30 saves in 36 chances this year, going 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 63 games. He struck out 92 in 65 1/3 innings. Santos made a major league-record 25 straight scoreless appearances on the road to start the season.

Santos was golfing when Toronto General Manager Alex Anthopoulos called to tell him about the trade. The deal caught Santos by surprise – a few days after the season, he signed an $8.25-million, three-year contract with the White Sox.

“I think he expected to be in Chicago,” Anthopoulos said.

RED SOX: Left-hander Andrew Miller agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration.
Miller was 6-3 with a 5.54 ERA in 17 games last season for the Red Sox, including 12 starts. Boston was 9-3 in his starts, with Miller allowing three runs or fewer in eight of those games.

THE BASEBALL Writers’ Association of America decided to have the results of voting for Most Valuable Players, Cy Young Awards, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year broadcast for the first time next year on the MLB Network.

Three finalists for each Cy Young, Rookie and Manager, and five finalists for each MVP will be announced together, probably during the week following the World Series.

BASEBALL BECAME the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings.

Starting next season, the no-wear list includes visible undergarments, muscle shirts or anything with a team logo.