The speculation stemmed from an LA Times article this morning. It sounded more serious than usual that Tony Reagins would strongly consider packaging Kotchman for Big Tex. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have believed it given that the Angels front office historically hasn't been a stickler for one-year rentals especially with Kotchman being a solid defensive 1B to go with a 20 HR bat.
They've changed their tune though, check it out:http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-tra ... 6166.story
The Angels didn't have to fork up either Adenhart, Saunders, or Ervin Santana. Just a lesser known farm hand packaged with Kotchman supposedly. That's a huge steal and I wouldn't rule out the Angels re-signing him.