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Winter Meetings updates: Monday morning

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It's the first morning of the 2015 Winter Meetings, and we're off to the races.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

While Bryz fights the crowds in Nashville, we're snug and cozy and away from the wild throngs of savage free agents. Here are a few notes from around the beat on what's happening with the Twins this morning.

  • From LEN III, the Twins aren't sure whether or not they'll take part in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. The belief is that it won't be as deep in talent as it was last year, which will be a telling sign for anyone who isn't pleased about J.R. Graham's performance.
  • With Joakim Soria off the board, along with Ryan Madson, probably Darren O'Day, and with names like Joaquin Benoit and Francisco Rodriguez already having been dealt, the bullpen market is in full swing. La Velle notes that Tyler Clippard and Tony Sipp, right and left-handed respectively, are among the best names available on the free agent market.
  • There are plenty of trade targets available in relief: Drew Storen from Washington, Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee from Tampa Bay, Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh. The list goes on. Minnesota will have their options on the trade market if they're so inclined.

  • Suffice it to say that if the Twins want to tempt Miami out of Jose Fernandez, they're going to have to pay through the nose to do it.