Mike DiGiovanna’s rumor du jour from the winter meetings … The Los Angeles Times beat writer says the Angels were exploring a trade with the Rockies to acquire Todd Helton for “three high-level prospects.” The article names the three as Casey Kotchman, Chone Figgins and Erick Aybar.
The Denver Post reports that the Angels first inquired about Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins, then when told he was unavailable asked about Helton. The article contradicts DiGiovanna, quoting a Rockies source as saying “There was no exchanging of names or proposals.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves acquired reliever Rafael Soriano from Seattle, meaning they’re no longer looking for relief help elsewhere. The reporter suggests this could revive a possible trade of Adam LaRoche to the Angels for Casey Kotchman and Chone Figgins.