The month of July is significant around Major League Baseball for a couple of reasons: the All-Star Game and the July 31 trade deadline. As has become the norm, the Phillies will have a hand in both this season.
But it'll be different than the last couple of seasons.
After Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, and Jonathan Papelbon help the National League in attempt to secure home-field advantage in the World Series, they'll return to the city of Philadelphia, a city that will undoubtedly be up to its eyeballs in baseball trade rumors.
You can follow all of the rumors and transactions here, but to sum things up in a quick sentence: leading up to July 31, the Phillies will trade off anyone and everyone that they can get value on for the future. That includes, but doesn't end with, Hamels and Shane Victorino.
The following slideshow is aimed towards giving you an idea of the types of conversations the Phillies will be having with other teams throughout the month of July. We know that the Phillies will be targeting third basemen and outfielders in any trade, so most of the suggested deals that follow those broad guidelines.