OAKLAND, CA - JULY 22: Bartolo Colon #21 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on July 22, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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.
Heyman notes that the O’s are looking beyond top-of-the-rotation talent such as Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, as Colon and Liriano may be more realistic targets given the fact Baltimore reportedly doesn’t want to part with top prospects Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy.
Heyman says the A’s are "more likely than not" to keep Colon around, as he hears from a source the veteran "may not bring as much back as he’s worth to them." Liriano has drawn trade interest from several teams, including the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, according to Heyman.
On the offensive front, Heyman reports the Orioles have shown interest in San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Baltimore has also been tied to Chicago Cubs first baseman/outfield Bryan LaHair and Philadelphia Phillies infielder Placido Polanco.
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