Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles beat writer: In less than a week, the Orioles have traded their best player in Manny Machado and the organization’s longest-tenured player in Zach Britton. The rebuild is real, people. The Orioles played up a robust market for Britton and netted a return better than two other rental deals for relievers — what the Kansas City Royals received for Kelvin Herrera and what the New York Mets netted for Jeurys Familia. The Orioles have received eight prospects for Machado and Britton, including four pitchers, all at the Double-A level or above. This addresses the organization’s need for depth in the high minors. Whether the trades will work out in the Orioles’ favor remains to be seen, but at first glance, the return appears to be promising. And given the needs the Orioles have, the Yankees have always been a fit because of their pitching depth. While it will be difficult for Orioles fans to see Britton pitching in pinstripes for one of the best bullpens ever assembled, it was wise to partner with the Evil Empire, if just this one time.