With the Phillies and Cole Hamels, it's all about leveraging another ace, and two teams in particular could help the Phils by signing Jon Lester.
The Phillies signed Chris Nelson and four others to minor-league deals where they will receive a non-roster invitation to spring training.
After months of rest, Cliff Lee (elbow) has been cleared to begin his offseason throwing program and, like Cole Hamels, could eventually be a trade chip.

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Their win over the Mariners on Aug. 20 improved the Phils to 6-11 this season in interleague play.