Dueling reports on likelihood Reds move Brandon Phillips this winter

What are the odds we have seen Brandon Phillips’ last game in a Reds uniform?

Depends who you’re reading.

After MLB Network reported the former All-Star second baseman "is more willing to consider waiving" his no-trade clause this winter than he was prior to last season, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon wrote that a source "downplayed the possibility of a trade coming to fruition."

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While Phillips, who reportedly turned down a trade to Washington last offseason, is set to make $14 million next season, the financial impact is likely secondary when it comes to trying to move him.

He’s been a great Red over the past decade and one of the most prominent faces of the franchise’s resurgence from 2010-13, but Phillips is potentially blocking youngsters who could be a major part of the current rebuild.

Jose Peraza hit .324 with 25 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 72 games for the Reds last season, and Dilson Herrera hit .274 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs in 110 Triple-A games last season. Both are 22.

Phillips’ defense has slipped as he has aged, but he is coming off back-to-back solid seasons at the plate after a four-year decline in OPS.

Sheldon also reported last week the team would be open to moving shortstop Zack Cozart.

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