Locked in a tough tight AL East race the Baltimore Orioles are in the mix for Jake Peavy and the other top pitchers on the trade market sources said.

There have been questions about whether the Orioles will have the money to enhance a team based around an excellent nucleus of 20-something position stars such as Manny Machado Chris Davis Adam Jones and others but they are at least considering a major move.

The Orioles have been reluctant to trade their very top prospects such as pitcher Kevin Gausman and infielder Jonathan Schoop but they showed their seriousness by parting with third base prospect Nicky Delmonico for reliever Francisco Rodriguez. It was suggested in this space a few weeks ago that it's possible the Orioles were "tapped out'' financially but it's also possible with the team in a hard race with the Rays and Red Sox owner Peter Angelos may have loosened the purse strings a bit.