Rodriguez, who is still owed $86 million, faces a 211-game suspension stemming from Major League Baseball's investigation of former South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez is in hearings appealing his ban.
Cashman said that Rodriguez is very difficult to replace, even though they are trying to get below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million.
"If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that," Cashman said. "I think if people think there's some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can't replace it. It's not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it's upheld, how do you replace that? It's not easy."
Rodriguez hit .244 with seven home runs in 44 games this year.
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who sat out Game Two of the NLCS after being hit by a pitch in Game One, said he will play in Game Three if he can handle the pain, even if he has a fractured rib.
Results of X-rays on the injury were negative, but he is still awaiting results of a CT scan.
It is also uncertain whether Dodgers outfield Andre Ethier, who also sat out Game Two, apparently with an ankle injury, will be in the starting lineup for Game Three.
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Detroit Tigers right-hander Bruce Rondon, who made just one appearance after September 2 due to tenderness in his throwing elbow, began a throwing program this weekend at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida, MLB.com reported.
It is unclear whether he might be available at any point of the postseason.
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will retire during the offseason, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday.
Carpenter has made no public announcement, but his agent, Bob LaMonte, told the Globe that Carpenter plans to retire and may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization.
Carpenter, 38, did not pitch at all in 2013 and made only three appearances in 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery.