In response to moonslav59's comment:
Edited for Kuroda signing...
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
ARod 25M 21M 20M 20M (+$6M for #660, 714, 755, 756)
Sab 23M 23M 25M 25M(option w $5M buyout)
Tex 22.5 22.5 22.5
Ells 22M 22M 22M 22M 22M 22M 22M
Wells 25M > (6M)
Sori 19M > (5M)
McCann 17M 17M 17M 17M 17M 15n (option w/ no buyout)
Beltran 15M 15M 15M
Jeter 8M (Player option with $3M buyout)'
$171M for just 9 guys is shocking.
$141M for 7 guys (6 for at least 3 years).
They do lose Wells, Soriano, Jeter and Suzuki after 2014, but that's only about $25M in savings and 4 slots to fill.
In all seriousness, Moon, why would they have 4 slots to fill? They would still have 3 good starting outfielders in Ells, Gardner and Beltran, so Ichiro, Soriano & Wells could be replaced by a 4th outfielder type at minimum dollars, and if Jeter decides to retire (doubtful), they have that super defensive SS that you're really high on, Brandon Ryan, signed through 2015, don't they?