hough July 31 remains distant on the horizon, there already is plenty of talk about what kind of moves the Phillies could make at the non-waiver trade deadline.
Their most attractive trade candidate, Cliff Lee, just saw his stock plummet with a strained flexor pronator tendon in his left elbow. He will be out at least three weeks, and likely longer. He will not have much time to prove his health to potential suitors at the deadline.

The focus then swings to the Phillies’ middle infield, which has been among the best in baseball this season. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, who both possess no-trade clauses, are having career years at age 35. Both are having their best seasons since 2007 in average and OPS.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr said Tuesday he has faith in his team, and believes his star players are going nowhere. For now.

“First off, no one wants to trade Chase Utley. No. 2, I don’t think Chase Utley wants to go anywhere and he has the power to decide what he wants to do,” Amaro said. “The point is kind of moot. The same with Jimmy. The same story.”

Time may change that. Heading into Tuesday’s game, they sat four games below .500, their best pitcher out indefinitely and standout seasons from their stars being wasted. The Phillies have a barren farm system, thanks to bad drafting and unloading prospects in huge trades in the last five years.

Utley, Rollins and even Lee could help with that, should the Phillies be out of contention come July 31.