Someone made the suggestion that the Dodgers trade for Jose Altuve of the Astros and the more I think about that, the more I like it. Houston is obviously not in contention and needs a lot of help, so the Dodgers could offer Mark Ellis (and pay his salary) along with Chris Withrow ( a Texas boy) and another prospect like Shawn Tolleson (another Texas boy). It is a lot to pay, but Houston doesn’t want to trade Altuve and you would have to persuade them. They could use a starter, but don’t want Capuano’s or Harang’s salary. So, a second-baseman (Ellis) for free and two promising TEXAS relievers should get the job done. After all, Houston is in the re-building mode.