The New York Yankees have expressed interest since the beginning of the season in re-signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. However, according to Yankees president Randy Levine, the Yankees might not sign him “at any cost”, states ESPN.com.
Levine sat down with Bloomberg Television this morning, indicating that the organization would be willing to lose Cano to free agency if he received a contract that the Yankees would not want to match or exceed.
“Hopefully he’s a Yankee.” Levine said. “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.”
When asked to respond to Levine’s comments, Cano declined, stating that he’s focusing on playing the 18 games that remain in the season and isn’t looking beyond this year.
“Let’s just see what happens when the season is over.” Cano said. “There’s nothing I can say. Right now, I’m not paying any attention to that.”
However, although re-signing Cano is a priority, the Yankees won’t change the way that they handle negotiations.
“The Yankees are the Yankees–we’ve been around for a long time.” Levine said. “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.”
So we know that the Yankees aren’t going to be in emergency mode when it comes to getting Cano this offseason…so just for laughs let’s end this article with my favorite tweet about the situation, coming from Andy McCullough who writes for the Star Ledger:
I want to party with the GM or team president who says “We will pay this player whatever he wants, no questions asked.”
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) September 11, 2013
NOTES & NEWS:
– First off, I would like to send my prayers to everyone affected by 9/11 and I would like to thank the law enforcement for their bravery and heroic efforts.
– This news just came in: Derek Jeter is being placed on the DL and will miss the rest of the 2013 season. I’ll have another post on the breaking news after Jeter’s press conference which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
– The Yankees and CBS agreed to a multi-year contract for the Yankees to broadcast their games on WFAN. Since CBS owns WFAN, John and Suzyn will most likely be back next season.
– The Yankees newest acquisition SS Brendan Ryan showed up at the Yankees clubhouse today looking excited to play some baseball. He’ll wear #35.
Photo credit: (August 19, 2013 - Source: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)