Victorino not thinking about trade possibilities

Victorino not thinking about trade possibilities

NEW YORK -- There is plenty of Cole Hamels trade talk, but if the Phillies decide to sell before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Shane Victorino could be one of the first to go.

He said he isn't thinking about it.

In fact, he said he doesn't think his days are numbered.

"No," he said before Tuesday's series opener against the Mets at Citi Field. "I don't look at it that way, and I don't want to look at it that way. I'm not focused on that. I still think we can make a change, meaning we go out there, play the game and win. That handles itself. I don't think [Phillies general manager] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] is giving up, but on the other hand, how can I sit here and not think something may happen because of what's going on here? I can't sit here and say, 'No way.' But I'm optimistic.

"We need to do it, not keep talking about how we can do it. We need to go out there and do it, and prove to them that we can do it."

Victorino could be traded because he is a free agent after the season and the sides are not close at all to an agreement. He is looking for a five-year contract, but the Phillies are unlikely to go that long.

"If you're not winning, things like that happen," Victorino said of trades. "I can't say where am I going to be tomorrow, next week or next month. I want to be in red. I want to be in a Phillies uniform. I want to be in Philly. That's where I want to be, so let's go out there and turn this thing around."

Victorino and everybody else in the Phillies' clubhouse knows the next three weeks are critical.

"I think that, pretty much so," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We have to start winning. We better win some of those games."