Rubén Amaro, Jr., the Philadelphia Phillies general manager, has come out and publicly stated his desire for Utley to remain a Phillie for life. And as 4 PM EST came and went on July 31, Utley remained a member of the only team he’s ever played for.
But the second baseman has real value, and he will be a free agent at the end of this year—at which point he would be free to return to the Phillies if he wanted to. In addition, the Phillies are 17 games back of Atlanta in the NL East and 10.5 behind Cincinnati for the second wild card, so their odds of making the playoffs are virtually zero (0.1 percent according to Baseball Prospectus).
So it is entirely conceivable that in the middle of August, the Phillies are even further out of it than they are already, and Amaro decides he should try to get a prospect or two for his star second baseman. In that case, the Dodgers would be ready to strike.
That being said, Amaro’s general unwillingness to make any moves renders any potential trade of Utley extremely unlikely. Plus, the fact that Utley is only owed about $5 million for the rest of the season means that some team other than the Dodgers might claim him and block any chance of a deal even beginning.