No. 1 LA Angels move that did not work out as planned: The Josh Hamilton signing (2012)
Josh Hamilton had a very disappointing couple years with the LA Angels.
Hamilton was supposed to play five years with the Halos, as he was signed to a five-year/$125 million deal. Only lasting two, Hamilton played just 240 games with the Angels (just 89 in his second year). Hamilton was another player who went from former MVP to a drastically different ballplayer with this club.
Hamilton posted a .255/.316/.426 (.741 OPS) line with the Angels immediately after being a top five AL MVP candidate and Silver Slugger. Hamilton didn't even play the last two years of his contract with any team, after he only played for the Rangers for just one season after his time with the Halos.
There were some uncontrollable factors at play here too, with drug addiction relapse and injuries taking their toll on Hamilton in his Angels career. It was a tough situation, and it didn't go either the way of the Angels or Hamilton.
This is one of many moves over the years that has set the Angels back recently. It's up to Arte Moreno and Minasian to get the job done moving forward, so that this team can contend while we have the two best players on the planet.