I know this is a little late as Gio Gonzalez is in agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers on a deal, but I have to at least put it out there as to why he should have been an Angel.
Anaheim is dead last in their division. Their pitching staff looks more like the waiting room at your local hospital then a major league staff with injuries to Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano. 4/5th of the what should have been their starting rotation this year are injured. What did the Angels’ do? They turned to Matt Harvey, a reclamation project, and Trevor Cahill, an 11 year vet with a career ERA of 4.11.
Gio Gonzalez was at one point a very good pitcher, similar to Matt Harvey, but he lost his way. For a team like the Angels that really have no better options why not take a chance on another reclamation project? Why not see if they could capture lightning in a bottle? What is the worst that could happen, they fall further in to last place? Getting Gonzalez on the cheap is a low risk, high potential reward for the Angels who really can’t sink any further.