It wasn't that long ago that he was the top prospect in baseball, and now he's fallen out of favor in Cleveland. If you were Krivsky, is Phillips the type of player that you would take a chance on, either a minor trade or wait and try to get him on waivers?

Brandon Phillips is out of options and can't be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers. How much will that affect his chances of making the team as a utility infielder?

``It's one factor but only one,'' General Manager Mark Shapiro said. ``It's very unlikely that he'll get through waivers but not impossible.''

That does not make Phillips the favorite to stick with Tribe. In fact, Ramon Vazquez, who leads Phillips in experience by miles, is the front-runner.

``At some point, Brandon is going to be a good big-league player,'' Shapiro said. ``The question is when or where.''