(NEW YORK) — The Philadelphia Phillies were plagued by injuries in the first half of 2012 as they enter the All-Star break in last place in the NL East and 13 games under .500.
Cole Hamels’ name has been thrown around in trade-talks and he said earlier this week that if the team traded him, it would not affect their chances of him re-signing with the club next year. Hamels is in the last year of his contract.
“It’s an organization and I understand the business side and I won’t be offended,” if he’s traded, Hamels said in an interview with CSNPhilly.com. “I think you need to know your players and because I think I’ve been here long enough, I think (the front office) pretty much understands my personality and they know that if something had to arise, I wouldn’t be offended and I still would give them the benefit of the doubt and come back, because this is one of the best organizations I’ve ever seen.”
Hamels, who grew up on the West Coast and is originally from San Diego, wouldn’t be opposed to being traded to the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I know the West Coast really well. I pitch really well on the West Coast. I think it’s appealing to every player when they’re growing up that, one day, hoping they can play in the major leagues, it’s always to play for your home team.” Hamels told CSNPhilly.com. “Even though the Padres were obviously the home team I grew up with, the Dodgers were kind of there neck and neck, so I think that’s the closest home team I would ever get to.”
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News