With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, it is once again time for front offices for contenders to decide which prospects can be used as trade chips and which ones are too good to let get away.
The Dodgers have accomplished that balancing act over the past few years. They traded away four prospect righthanders in the past year, but those trades appear to be justified. They sent Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes to the Athletics last July for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. Then they shipped righthander Jose De Leon to the Rays for Logan Forsythe in January.