Arizona remains a real possibility, and the Diamondbacks are believed to have offered a package led by Chad Tracy. Atlanta has asked for the Diamondbacks to include either Max Scherzer or Jarrod Parker -- Arizona's top two pitching prospects -- but that's unlikely.
Meanwhile, the Braves say they have other teams interested, with GM Frank Wren telling Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has deals (plural) on the table for Teixeira, and that he's holding off because he still wants to see if he can do better. The Braves are expecting to narrow the field on Tuesday, although it's possible that it could take until right up to the Thursday 4 p.m. deadline before a trade is completed.
Other teams that have been interested in Teixeira are the Red Sox, and also the two Los Angeles teams. It's not known if there are more teams involved now, but the Rays and the Yankees have also been mentioned in the past.
Teixeira is a big-time hitter, and he's done his part this season with a .283 average, 20 home runs and 78 RBIs in 103 games. But the Braves are now 7 1/2 games out of first place (and 10 1/2 games back in the wild card). They've now put Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson on the DL, joining John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, and it appears that Hudson is going to join Smoltz in the done-for-the-season category.
Not only that, but the Braves have known for a long time that they weren't going to be able to sign Teixeira, a free-agent-to-be, at the end of the season. It's pretty obvious now that the offers they have (not to mention the improved ones they might receive by Thursday) will be more valuable than the two draft picks they'd get by simply keeping Teixeira and letting him walk.
As one Braves person said last week: "The only thing more iffy than a prospect is a draft pick."
So Teixeira is gone, or at least he will be by Thursday. The question still to be answered is where he's going.