Personally I leave the 2007 Devil Rays just like they are except for moving Reyes. I don't reach into the minors for the stars that are just not quite ready just yet(Brignac, Longoria, Niemann). I put Reyes on the trade block in July once the playoff teams start looking for more bullpen help. I would love to land a good young first basemen such as Kotchman, but I don't think that will happen unless the Angels have an injury occur in their pen. I shoot for the Brewers and Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva will make a great arm for the pen and possibly rotation if needed be. Once 2007 is over is when I start making my moves.
I trade Baldelli for Scott Olsen. This trade has been rumored for a few years now, but it works for both teams. Olsen is not making many friends in Florida and they also need some offense from the CF position. It also keeps the Florida payroll cheap so they can make a run in 09 or 10.
I also make a run at a veteran first basemen in free agency such as a Sean Casey to provide some more veteran leadership and pretty good defense at first. I also make a run at Scott Linebrink to help the pen immensely. There will be several closers available this offseason, but the Drays are just not far enough along with their development for a closer to seriously consider going to Tampa. Linebrink would give the Devil Rays their first ever legit reliever in team history.
So going into 2008 this is how my team would look.
The eye catcher here is Longoria at 3rd next year, but he can definitely handle the bigs by next spring. The offense will be good and Aki can handle SS as he was a Utility type player in Japan, so he can move around a bit on days off for other players and let Harris play SS. Wigginton will also provide solid infield backup as he can player 3 of the infield positions himself. Upton would be the main backup outfielder with Gomes playing once a week or so.
Scott Linebrink (closer)
Of course all of this is probably a dream, but it is feasible given the Devil Rays payroll. The pitching is still not great, but decent and the young arms are a year closer as Davis, Price, and McGee are about ready to make an impact in 2009.