Dark Days for Cardinals Franchise

The Cardinals made a move to get younger and cheaper yesterday.  However, by trading Jim Edmonds to the San Diego Padres for a 3rd Base prospect, the 2008 Cardinals on-field product was not improved.  It looked like the classic salary dump.  The Padres received 2 million dollars and Edmonds for a St. Louis native, David Freese, who has never played above the single A level.  I have several issues with this trade and what it appears to signal:
    1. Cardinals management seems to be giving up on the 2008 season before it begins.
    2. New GM Jon Mozielak is rumored to be demoralized and this trade indicates that he may simply be a Dewitt pawn who has no real freedom to improve the team. and
    3. The Cardinals definitely cannot consider trading CF prospect Colby Rasmus for a front line pitcher.

Jim Edmonds arrival in St. Louis before the 2000 season coincided with the emergence of the Cardinals as perennial contenders.   Before he arrived the Cardinals last made the post season in 1996.  With Edmonds, The Cardinals made the playoffs in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Even beyond his prime in 2006, Edmonds played a key role in the Cards’ improbable 2006 World Series championship. 

I have been a Cardinals fan since my childhood, and this is the single most disappointing player personnel decision I have seen made.  While the NHL St. Louis Blues are making moves to improve, the Cardinals seem to take fans for granted, making this trade just a week after partial ticket packs went on sale. 

Will the the new gm acquire pitching with this extra 6 million dollars in "savings?"  Cardinal nation is skeptical, but hopeful to be proven wrong…

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