What are the Atlanta Braves to Do in the Trade Market?

Cameron BrittAnalyst IJune 14, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 30:  Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves at bat during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 30, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.The Diamondbacks defeated the Braves 3-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Talk about a frustrating team.

Their performance almost like a pattern: Bad, Good, Great, Good, Bad, Terrible, Bad, Good...

This pattern (as of this publication date) is why the Atlanta Braves sit at 30-30.

But, what can the Braves' front office really do?

The pitching is sitting pretty with Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, and Hanson; as is the bullpen with key cogs Moylan, O'Flaherty, Gonzalez, and Soriano.

Then the offense is hit-and-miss (as we all know), but therein lies the problem: Why reduce minor league depth when your line-up is at the, if you will, " competency line?"

I guess you could, but when's the time to do it when it appears that Jones, McCann, and company are perpetually turning the corner?

Add to the mix the return of Casey "Klutchman" in a couple of weeks, and you have an even more perplexing dilemma.

Sure, a guy like Luke Scott or Brad Hawpe wouldn't hurt the BIG club, but the AAA, AA, and A teams would (more than likely) end up with it's best players developing in another team's farm.

I understand that this team can want to make you blow your brains out, but I see improvement almost every night as this team meshes more and more.

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I think the Jekyll and Hyde flaw will always rear it's ugly head, but I also feel that this team has started to understand itself (as in how it needs to produce runs) better and won't (fingers crossed) experience another 21 scoreless-inning streak this year.

Call me crazy, but I think this team has learned how to win and, at only five-and-a-half back, should make a big-time second half run (besides, they always seemed to fare well after facing the Orioles during the glory days).