I don't think Zito is an option. He seems pretty set on going to a big market team. Schmidt on the other hand seems more realistic but it is still going to take a minimum $10 mil a year for 3 years to get.
If they don't pony up for Schmidt there are some of SP that while maybe not #2's could be interesting:
zito is definitely out. the bidding probably starts at 5/75. i dont know what schmidt will command. he is on the decline but should still have a couple more good years left. i could still see him getting something like 14 mil a year for 3-4 years.
padilla, wolf, lidle, lilly, eaton, etc. are somewhat interesting but i'd rather overpay for schmidt than give a lot of money to someone like gil meche.
maybe the rangers would pay a little cash to get rid of millwood's contract?
is jorge sosa still under the cardinals control?
bring back soup
free agent (schmidt in the dream scenario)
sosa as a backup plan should reyes or wainwright not be able to hack it.
belliard, mark loretta, or adam kennedy at 2b.