Live from the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis

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Hello from Indianapolis, where the scribes are trickling into the media workroom at the Downtown Marriott for the 2009 MLB Winter Meetings. The scene here couldn’t be more different than last year’s meetings at the Bellagio in Las Vegas; the hotel looks like any one of about two dozen Marriotts in the country, although the relatively compact lobby will certainly make rumor-mongering easier. Things get started today, and I’ll have more throughout the week on what the Nats are up to, as well as any other pertinent, interesting and/or salacious gossip.

We’ll get started with one rumor: ESPN’s Peter Gammons reported last night the Nationals are talking to free-agent right-hander Jon Garland. That comes as no surprise—I pontificated this morning that the Nats could have interest in the 6-foot-6 right-hander, who is only 30 years old and could fill their need for a veteran pitcher without breaking the bank. It’s still early—and talk at the Winter Meetings must always be taken with a tablespoon or two of salt—but Garland certainly seems like a possibility for the Nats.

Jim Riggleman meets with the media around 2:30 today and Mike Rizzo talks around 4:30, so I’ll certainly have more from those sessions. For the itchy sort who like their updates more frequent and limited to 140 characters, follow me on Twitter.

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