Angels GM Bill Stoneman continues to play the spoiler in widespread speculation about a deal sending Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson to the Braves for starting pitcher Tim Hudson.
Outfielder Raul Ibanez would take Sexson's spot, newly signed outfielder Jose Guillen would take over for Ibanez, then the Braves would send first baseman Adam LaRoche to the Angels for infielder/outfielder Chone Figgins and one of the Angels pitchers.
The snag? With Angels ace Bartolo Colon's health in question, Stoneman refuses to give up any prized young arms.
Meanwhile, expect alternate talks involving Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox to crash and burn in Orlando even before Stoneman's bags are packed.