The contending Orioles have broadened their pitching search to inquire about Bartolo Colon and Francisco Liriano since their chances at a high-end starter such as Zack Greinke may not be great.
The amazing A's are still more likely than not to keep Colon as he has served a small role in the team's incredible surge and may not bring as much back as he's worth to them even though they have a lot of good younger arms, sources say. Liriano has drawn interest from several teams, including the Angels, Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox, though his up-and-down performance may give some teams pause.
Orioles GM Dan Duquette did a terrific job coming up with Wei-Yin Chen and Jason Hammel this winter and their pitching has been solid lately. But with several of their young starters still not developing as they would like, there's still a need there.
Greinke is the top pitcher on the market but since Duquette wouldn't consider trading top prospects Manny Machado or Dylan Bundy for a rental, the Orioles' thin prospect list has forced them to look a bit lower.
The Orioles' offense has been the bigger issue lately, and to that end they've shown interest in Padres third basmean Chase Headley and several others. Their list there reportedly includes Bryan LaHair and Placido Polanco (although Polanco's back injury is an issue), according to the Baltimore Sun. In the wake of current difficulties, they have special interest in hitters who can reach base.