The New York Yankees have maintained throughout this season that they hope to re-sign Robinson Cano. But the Yankees may not be willing to do whatever it takes to retain the star second baseman.

Yankees president Randy Levine indicated that the organization would be willing to lose Cano in free agency if the slugger received a contract offer that New York did not want to match or exceed.

"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."

Cano who turns 31 in October is enjoying another outstanding season with the Yankees (77-68) who are battling for an American League wild-card spot.

Cano entered play Wednesday with a .308 batting average 26 home runs and 98 RBIs -- all team highs. He also leads the Yankees in hits (167) walks (63) and total bases (277).

Cano declined to address Levine's comment when questioned by The New York Daily News telling the paper that he will not focus on a new contract until the offseason.

"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."