Cole Hamels just wants to win, and if the Boston Red Sox can offer him that opportunity, he’s all for it.
The Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher reportedly has been the subject of trade talks between the two teams, but it doesn’t appear a deal is close to happening. In a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale, however, Hamels said if the price was right, he’d love to come to Boston.
“Of course I would,” Hamels said. “It’s a fun city. There’s no better feeling than to have a chance to win every year, and they give you that chance. I’m all ears.”
The Red Sox finished last in the American League East in 2014 with a 71-91 record. Yet a series of offseason moves has things looking up in Boston, and a lefthanded ace with three All-Star appearances and a World Series title under his belt could be what the Sox need to get them into true championship contention.
Boston isn’t the only team in Hamels’ sights, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres also have talked to the 31-year-old. While he didn’t go into any more detail about his potential destination, Hamels was clear on one thing: He’s tired of losing and wants out of Philly.
“I just want to win,” Hamels said. “That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here.
“This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality.”
Philadelphia finished with just 73 wins in 2014 for the second straight season and hasn’t had a winning season since 2011.
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