In very much 21st-century fashion, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hinted Tuesday night that he and the club are closing in on a long-term contract extension, though Cincinnati indicated it could still be a while before a deal is reached.

"Just talked to my agent @Baseball_ACES and it feels good to know that we're moving in the right direction to make me a #Red4Life," Phillips posted on his Twitter feed, @datdudeBP.

When reached for comment, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn't believe a deal was near.