To steal Larry's matrix:
Perhaps the Cardinals should go the Cubs route and be dancing partners with the Pirates (in-division) to improve the team.
We know that 2008 is an 'stop-gap' season for the Cardinals. DeWitt has committed to $110-115 M in payroll verbally, whether that be lip service or not..well, who knows.
Let's say it is an actual comittment. What the Cardinals need are short term contracts that give them financial freedom for 2009's FA class and to allow the younger crop to take over in 2009 or 2010.
Starting pitching is the immediate concern the Cardinals have. Looking at the current crop, there isn't much other there other than 40-something HOF'ers or 30-ish average starters that are going to be paid for through the nose.
The next concern is shortstop. In a world that guys like Orlando Cabrera are making $7 m a year, for quality, you are going to have to pay.
So perhaps, the Cardinals can kill two birds with one stone.
John Mozeliak was the one doing the wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline for the Cardinals. He worked out the contract extension for Franklin. He made the deal for Pineiro and he was the one working on the deal for Matt Morris.
That is what leads me to a trade possibility I only originally offered jokingly.
Not exactly sexy, but not much the Cardinals can do in 2008 is.
What this DOES do:
I know that Morris' best days are behind him and many people won't want to spend $7 M+ on a SS in 2009 but I think this series of moves can give the Cardinals a) some sembelence of a MLB team in 2008 and b) payroll freedom in 2009 and going forward.
Then again, if they decide to go into full rebuilding mode...this is all moot.