How the Braves were built

How the Braves were built

Another year, another set of naysayers quieted by October. It seems as though every season a new and different Braves squad must prove wrong another series of doubters who insist that this is the year Atlanta's improbable string of first-place finishes comes to a halt.

Not that this year's team didn't provide some suspense. But some deft maneuvering by general manager John Schuerholz and some catalytic contributions -- by homegrown talents such as Jeff Francoeur as well as old-guard veterans like John Smoltz -- propelled Atlanta to its unparalleled 14th straight division title.

1987

• RHP John Smoltz: Acquired from Tigers in exchange for Doyle Alexander

1990

• IF Chipper Jones: Selected in the first round (first overall) of the First-Year Player Draft

1993

• OF Andruw Jones: Signed as a non-drafted free agent

1996

• IF Rafael Furcal: Signed as a free agent
• IF Wilson Betemit: Signed as a non-drafted free agent
• IF Marcus Giles: Selected in the 53rd round of the June free agent draft

1997

• RHP Horacio Ramirez: Selected in the fifth round of the June free agent draft

1998

• OF Ryan Langerhans: Drafted in the third round of the June free agent draft

1999

• IF Pete Orr: Signed as a non-drafted free agent

2000

• C Brayan Pena: Signed as a non-drafted free agent
• IF Andy Marte: Signed as a non-drafted free agent
• RHP Blaine Boyer: Selected in the third round of the June free agent draft
• IF Adam LaRoche: Selected in the 29th round of the June free agent draft
• OF Kelly Johnson: Selected in the first round (38th overall) in the compensation draft of the June free agent draft

2001

• IF Julio Franco: Acquired from the Mexico City Tigres
• LHP Macay McBride: Selected in the first round (24th overall) of the June free agent draft.
• RHP Kyle Davies: Selected in the fourth round of the June free agent draft
• RHP Anthony Lerew: Selected in the 11th round of the First-Year Player Draft

2002

• OF Jeff Francoeur: Selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the June free agent draft
• C Brian McCann: Selected in in the second round of the June free agent draft

2003

• C Johnny Estrada: Acquired from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Kevin Millwood
• C Eddie Perez: Signed as free agent
• RHP John Thomson: Signed as free agent

2004

• RHP Tim Hudson: Acquired from the A's in exchange for RHP Juan Cruz, LHP Dan Meyer and OF Charles Thomas
• RHP Dan Kolb: Acquired from the Brewers in exchange for RHP Jose Capellan and RHP Alec Zumwalt
• RHP Chris Reitsma: Acquired from the Reds in exchange for LHP Jung Keun Bong and RHP Bubba Nelson

2005

• LHP Chuck James: Purchased from Triple-A Richmond.
• RHP Jim Brower: Recalled from Richmond
• OF Todd Hollandsworth: Acquired from the Cubs in exchange for LHP Todd Blackford and RHP Angelo Burrows
• RHP Kyle Farnsworth: Acquired from the Tigers in exchange for RHP Zach Miner and RHP Roman Colon
• LHP John Foster: Purchased from Triple-A Richmond
• RHP Jorge Sosa: Acquired from the Devil Rays for INF Nick Green
• OF Brian Jordan: Signed as free agent

Andrew Worob is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.