Braves in Dubious Situation

David ParksCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2008

Usually, the months of June, July, and August are relatively quiet months on the sports front. The occasional milestone in baseball might garner some headlines for a day or two, but then all would return back to normal.  

And boring.  

However, this year we've had plenty to talk about in the sports world.  Brett Favre for instance seems as if he will never go away.  Tiger Woods's injury, and the Boston Celtics getting a ring.  

One constant remains through all of this and that is, the Great American Pastime, baseball. In baseball there are some intriguing divisional races, such as the NL central which pits the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals all vying for the Central crown.  

However, there might not be a team that is in a more dubious position than the Atlanta Braves. As of July 21, 2008, the Braves are 46-52, a far cry from the records from their decade of dominance in the 90's and early 2000's. But this year makes for some interesting topics for debate. Currently they are only 6.5 games out of first, a long ways from out of it.  

But the big debate is, what should the Braves do with Mark Teixeira?  Should they trade him and virtually put up the white flag?  Or should they keep him, knowing full well that they more than likely won't be able to resign him at season's end?  If I had to choose, it would be to trade him. Look, the Braves just don't have the pitching to contend, and are too injury riddled to compete this year.  

Trade him to say, the Red Sox or Angels, get back a first baseman in a trade, some pitching prospects. Then, if by the trade deadline the Braves are still within shouting distance of the playoff picture, go out and acquire a bat like Xavier Nady or Jason Bay from the Pirates.

The Braves would be foolish to keep Teixeira knowing full well he'll be gone at season's end anyway.