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Relief help on Twins' wish list as Meetings open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After officially introducing Korean slugger Byung Ho Park in Minnesota this week, the Twins are off to Nashville with the Winter Meetings officially opening at the Opryland Hotel on Monday.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan will be on the lookout to upgrade the bullpen, as the Twins are looking for relief help after their relievers combined to post the lowest strikeout rate in the Majors last season.

The Twins have already been active this offseason, acquiring catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees for center fielder Aaron Hicks. They also won the bid for Park and officially signed him to a four-year deal worth $12 million for him to be the club's everyday designated hitter.

Trading Hicks was a bit of a surprise, and Ryan could make another trade for relief help, as third baseman Trevor Plouffe remains the club's top trade chip. Ryan has maintained the Twins would like to keep Plouffe and move Miguel Sano to the outfield, but he's expected to at least listen to offers on Plouffe.

No matter what the Twins decide to do, you can count on to keep you up to date on all Twins news throughout the week. and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 10 a.m. CT and the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m.

As most fans surely know, the Winter Meetings are a time for general managers to meet with each other and with agents regarding trades and free-agent signings.

To that end, we'll have you covered regarding any relevant rumors, signings or trades.

Ryan will speak with the media at the conclusion of each day, and there will be a nightly recap on the website about all of the Twins' happenings. In addition, Twins manager Paul Molitor is set to meet with the media at 5:30 p.m. CT on Monday.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.
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