Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels and Braves are discussing a trade that would send Casey Kotchman and Chone Figgins to Atlanta for Adam LaRoche.
Such a trade would relocate the Angels players closer to their Florida homes. LaRoche’s father Dave was a reliever for the Angels in the 1970s; Adam was born in Orange County during Dave’s second Angels tour in 1979.
On the Manny Ramirez front, DiGiovanna writes:
The Red Sox told the Angels that closer Francisco Rodriguez or set-up man Scot Shields would have to head any package for Ramirez. It’s possible Boston would accept a package led by one of the Angels’ two young starting pitchers, Ervin Santana or Jered Weaver.
But the Angels, whose organizational pitching depth thins out considerably beyond the big-league staff, would prefer not to move any pitching for Ramirez. The Red Sox inquired about shortstop Orlando Cabrera and middle infielder Maicer Izturis, because they need a shortstop, and they like outfielder Juan Rivera.
UPDATE 6:30 AM PST 12/5/2006 — Adding fuel to the Angels/Braves trade rumor reported last night by the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Braves want pitching along with Chone Figgins for Adam LaRoche.
UPDATE 8:00 PM PST 12/5/2006 — Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Adam LaRoche deal is less likely because Atlanta is asking for Scot Shields as part of the transaction. Boston’s demands pretty much rule out any deal for Manny Ramirez.