Just one of the top ten finishers in this year’s NL MVP balloting joined his team via the free agent market. Eight were drafted by their 2011 teams and one was acquired in a blockbuster trade. Here's a look at how teams around the National League originally acquired the top ten finishers in the 2011 NL MVP voting (some have since signed extensions):
Ryan Braun - Draft - The Brewers selected Braun fifth overall in the 2005 draft and extended him on a five-year, $105MM deal this year.
Matt Kemp - Draft- Dodgers scouting director Logan White selected Kemp in the sixth round of the 2003 draft. The Dodgers recently locked him up to an eight-year, $160MM extension.
Prince Fielder - Draft - Fielder is a Jack Zduriencik selection, like Braun. The seventh overall selection (2002) already has three top-five finishes in the MVP voting.
Justin Upton - Draft - Upton, the first overall selection in 2005, reached the Major Leagues as a teenager and put together his best season yet in...