Of the three Seattle players we’re looking at, Marco Gonzales might be the most realistic and helpful acquisition. Gonzales was Seattle’s number two pitcher in the rotation but based on wins he should have been the first.
With 13, Gonzales led Seattle in wins and had he been in Anaheim he would’ve led the Angels’ rotation as well. He was also second in strikeouts for the Mariners, only behind James Paxton, whose move to the Yankees in November was the first spark of the fire sale that has been burning in the Pacific Northwest this offseason. Gonzales’ 145 strikeouts would’ve put him in second place on the Angels in this category as well, only 35 behind Andrew Heaney.
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There is a lot of upside to Gonzales. At 26 years of age, he would add another young lefty to the rotation that already features Heaney and Tyler Skaggs. He also meets one of the largest necessary requirements for any pitcher in Anaheim. He’s already had Tommy John surgery, which means that ideally, he would not be brought down by the same injury that historically has plagued far too many Angels pitchers.
Other than brief glimpses at Shohei Ohtani and Garrett Richards, the Angels haven’t had a dominant ace since Jered Weaver’s 2014 season when he led the AL with 18 wins. There is a possibility that Marco Gonzales could fill that role in Anaheim moving forward if given the chance.