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The Yankees always look to make trades that can help their team.
The Yankees in recent time have dealt for players like Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Michael Pineda in hopes of making the team better.
Swisher and Granderson have helped the team, while Pineda has not.
With the rotation having question marks, the Yankees could call up the Phillies and see if Cliff Lee is on the market again, although his contract is a large one over the next two years.
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton's name has come up in a few trade idea stories, similar to the one that Bleacher Report's Lead Writer Ian Casselberry wrote about this week.
Then there is another possibility for the catcher position; one that Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Joel Reuter wrote about; Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins.
Mauer is due another six years and $138 million, a contract I'm sure Minnesota would love to move off their payroll going forward, considering they put Mauer on waivers during the summer.
If the Yankees don't bring Martin back as the catcher and want to look at ideas for the catcher spot, Mauer is an interesting one, although a very expensive one.
Although, according to Reuter's story, adding Mauer over Josh Hamilton in free agency would be a better move for the Yankees given Hamilton's baggage, injuries and age.
If the Yankees could get Mauer, it would be a nice move for the offense, adding a hitter instead of a slugger like Hamilton.
As far as current players go, we've talked about Granderson and A-Rod being potential trade targets, but if I had to pick two potential candidates who could get dealt this winter, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes could end up being shipped out.
Both pitchers are still young with a lot of value to a team who could use them to re-tool their starting rotation.
But that's just me guessing there.
Heading into the winter, the Yankees have a lot of planning to figure out before the start of 2013, and because of the early elimination by the Tigers, Brian Cashman gets to start planning it now.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.