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Wire Taps: Winter Meetings begin today; Trading Michael A. Taylor, Gio Gonzalez?

With everyone finally in Orlando, FL, the Winter Meetings get going in earnest this afternoon. What will Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office do first?

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The Winter Meetings begin today! There will be news! There will be excitement! There will be joy! Hallelujah!

Here’s the news from sunny Orlando.

The Nats will be in the mix during the Winter Meetings
The Winter Meetings begin today. Mike Rizzo has a manager, a closer, and most of a rotation. Currently, the Nats need to rebuild their bench, add a reliever or two, and secure another starting pitcher. This week won't be a bad time to start.

Bryce Harper leaving for the Yankees? It's no longer a foregone conclusion
The general consensus throughout the league was that Harper was going to leave for the Yankees come 2019. With another $243 million on their payroll, that likely changed for the Yankees this weekend. Moreover, the Yankees just don't need him anymore with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. They still could go after Harper, but the odds seem, well, a lot slimmer now. Then again: Never rule out the Yankees.

Will the Nats trade Michael A. Taylor?
Michael A. Taylor had a career year with the Nats last season -- including eight RBI in the NLDS. But could the Nats sell high on Taylor? And if they could, would they?

Could the Nats dangle Gio Gonzalez in trade talks?
Gio is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career. The Nats have a decent amount of starting pitchers that they trust. They have some needs. Could they get a lot of it done in one fell swoop by trading Gio, and balance their payroll as well?

Other NL East news to keep an eye on

Mets have talked about trading Matt Harvey
The Mets have reached out to two teams about trading rehabilitating starter Matt Harvey in exchange for middle infield or bullpen help.

Sandy Alderson confirms Mets' fans worst fears
The Mets will not be participating in the Winter Meetings. They will not be aggressive. They will not actively seek out the best of the best.

5 Phillies-specific matters for the Winter Meetings
The Phillies have two middle infielders to deal, want to reunite with Pat Neshek, a starting pitcher, and can potentially jump in on a blockbuster with their newly improved farm system.

Yankees flex financial muscle, steal Giancarlo Stanton from Marlins
The Marlins had a very limited pool of potential spots to which they could send Stanton. The Yankees were one of the few teams that could take on the money, especially after giving up Starlin Castro. Bada bing, bada boom. (Also: Bryce Harper's chances of staying in Washington just went way up.)