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.
RHP John Smoltz: Acquired from Tigers in exchange for Doyle Alexander
IF Chipper Jones: Selected in the first round (first overall) of the First-Year Player Draft
OF Andruw Jones: Signed as a non-drafted free agent
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
RHP Horacio Ramirez: Selected in the fifth round of the June free agent draft
OF Ryan Langerhans: Drafted in the third round of the June free agent draft
IF Pete Orr: Signed as a non-drafted free agent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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