The Dodgers do not trade their elite prospects.
That is the simple answer to why the Dodgers were willing to trade pitcher Jose De Leon to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, for second baseman Logan Forsythe. For all the hype around De Leon, the Dodgers did not consider him one of their elite prospects.
Chris Sale did not land in Los Angeles because the Dodgers do not trade their elite prospects. Same for Cole Hamels, and for Johnny Cueto and David Price.
This is not to demean De Leon. He