Cole Hamels has heard the trade rumors picking up.
He becomes a free agent at the end of this season, and the Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the National League East, 14 games back of the Washington Nationals.
The Texas Rangers have scouted Hamels, who has gone 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA. But Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has said he doesn't expect the team to be big players at the trading deadline.
Hamels is at the All-Star Game and discussed the trade rumors.
"I understand the nature of the business, and it's only going to be speculative just because of the situation we're in," Hamels said. "It's something I can't control."
Hamels said he's focused on giving the best effort he can every five days when he starts, and is not too caught up on the trade possibilities.
Hamels has been with the Phillies his entire career, and expressed an interest in staying there. He mentioned watching Tony Gwynn spend his entire career with the San Diego Padres, and that's something he would like to be able to do.
However, Hamels said he would like to play for a contending team, something the Phillies have accomplished the past five seasons.
"Ultimately I play this game to win," Hamels said. "It's not fun sitting on a bench when you're not winning. Ever since I’ve been here we’ve been winning, and I understand I only have a certain number of years to play this game and to play it well. I want to win."
-- Drew Davison