The New York Yankees will have to pay a large amount of money if they want to keep Robinson Cano in pinsripes. In an interview on Tuesday, Yankee president Randy Levine said that the Yankees would be willing to lose Cano if they were uncomfortable about matching or exceeding an offer this winter.
In his eighth season with the Yankees, Cano leads the club in nearly every offensive stat.
“Robinson Cano is a great player. We will sit down and talk to him,” Levine told Bloomberg Television during an interview Tuesday.
“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.”
The Yankees are considered the favorites to sign Cano this winter but the comments by Levine leave the door open for him to play elsewhere.
“Let’s just see what happens when the season is over,” Cano told The Daily News when asked to comment. “There’s nothing I can say. Right now, I’m not paying attention to any of that.
Cano’s representatives and the Yankees have been known to be speaking informally throughout the season in regards to a new deal.
Cano is hitting .308/.382/.510 with 26 home runs, 98 RBI and 77 runs scored this season.