The New York Yankees are hoping to re-sign Robinson Cano after this season, but it appears that they are not willing to bring him back at any cost.
Yankees president Randy Levine suggested that the second baseman could potentially go to another team in free agency that offered him more than the Yankees wanted to pay him.
"Robinson Cano is a great player," Levine told Bloomberg Television. "We will sit down and talk to him. Hopefully, he's a Yankee. Nobody is a re-sign at all costs, but we want him back and we feel good about negotiating something with him. But nobody is a re-sign at any cost."
Cano would be difficult to replace. This season, he leads the Yankees in batting average (.308), home runs (26), RBIs (98), hits (167), walks (63) and total bases (277).
The 30-year-old slugger told the New York Daily News that he's not thinking about a new contract until the season is over. The Yankees are battling for a wild-card spot in the American League.
"Let's just see what happens when the season is over," Cano told the Daily News. "There's nothing I can say. Right now, I'm not paying attention to any of that. We have 18 games left, so that's my focus right now. We'll see what happens when that day comes."
The Yankees and Cano's representatives have spoken informally throughout the season about a new contract. Cano, who is represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, will likely attract plenty of interest if he becomes a free agent.
"The Yankees are the Yankees -- we've been around for a long time," Levine told Bloomberg. "I think our fan base understands that we're going to put a championship-caliber team on the field. ... Great players come and go, but the commitment to getting great players continues."