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Cole Hamels knows trade is possible

7/9/2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cole Hamels hears the chatter and knows that it's possible he could be headed out of Philadelphia and shipped to a contender. The Texas Rangers have scouted some of Hamels' starts and they certainly have the pieces in the farm system to be in the mix for the 28-year-old lefty, if they choose.

Hamels, though, isn't worried about any specific teams. He knows if he gets dealt, it will be to a winning organization.

"Winning in general, that's all I think about," Hamels said from the All-Star Game on Monday. "I only get to go out every five days and pitch. I pitch to win. When you're on a winning team, that's all the appeal you need."

Hamels, who is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA on a Phillies team that has not lived up to expectations so far this season, said he hears about teams that might be interested and admits that in a clubhouse where the team isn't winning, that stuff is talked about. Does he hope he gets dealt to a contender by the July 31 deadline?

"I don't really hope for anything but just going out and playing well," Hamels said. "It's really hard to think outside in this sort of realm because everybody is focused on playing baseball well and trying to help this baseball team get over a hump or start something. It's something you have to wait and see."

Hamels said he honestly hasn't given much thought to where he could end up if he's traded.

"I know it's not fair to where I am and what I'm doing now," Hamels said. "Living in the past, living in the future is not going to help out what I'm doing in the present. I think I've been able to succeed by focusing on the present."