Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles beat writer: Navigating the trade of a fan favorite like Manny Machado isn't easy, and as the Orioles weighed an uncertain market, there were plenty of whispers that they wouldn’t get much for a 2½-month rental. The proof will be in the pudding, but on paper, it looks like the Orioles received a solid haul from the Dodgers, highlighted by Cuban outfielder Yusniel Díaz, who has put up solid numbers in Double-A — including more walks than strikeouts — at the age of 21.
Childs Walker, reporter: The Orioles negotiated a reasonable return given how long they waited to trade Manny Machado. Yusniel Díaz projects to be a good major league regular, even if he might lack the power to be a star outfielder. And right-hander Dean Kremer seems like he could be interesting based on his minor league strikeout rate.
I know fans will be dismayed by the absence of more touted pitcher Dustin May. But the reality is teams are no longer willing to part with two top prospects for a three-month rental, even one as gifted as Machado. The days of Chris Tillman and Adam Jones for Erik Bedard are past.
It’s too early to say how we’ll remember Machado’s time in Baltimore. He’s probably the most gifted Oriole to come out of the system in my 35 years following the team. Watching him play defense was a true thrill. And he was a key player, sometimes the key player, for teams that pulled Baltimore baseball out of a 14-year nightmare. But the lack of a World Series appearance and his early departure will work against his Orioles legacy.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The deal is finally done, but like all trades that bring back a bunch of prospects, it will be quite some time before we find out just how hard a bargain executive vice president Dan Duquette struck Wednesday. If there is strength in those numbers, the O's have taken a huge first step in repopulating their minor league system, both from a pitching and position standpoint.
Trading one of the best players in baseball is a risky business, but the Orioles had no choice, and they needed to get to it before something unforeseen possibly undercut the value of their best trade chip.
Now, Duquette should act with quick dispatch to pull in some more prospects — or a major league-ready player — in a deal for closer Zach Britton. The same issues play here. They need to move him while he's pitching well and avoid putting his value at risk.
Jon Meoli, Orioles beat writer: As if a 26-69 record wasn’t enough, the Orioles’ trade of Manny Machado is the team’s public admission that they’re finally changing course and moving on from this competitive era that defined the middle of this decade. He won’t be the first to go, and with every trade, the team should go a step further and introduce the fans to one of their own prospects on the cusp of the majors to show the full breadth of their intentions. This is a team that, for better or worse, is playing for the future now. The hope is this trade puts them on the right path.
Josh Land, Orioles editor: The Orioles exceeded expectations by pulling in a five-player haul that included a top-100 prospect for Manny Machado. This wasn’t ace left-hander Erik Bedard and his two years of team control remaining. This was a two-month rental, albeit for one of the best players in baseball. The Orioles seemed to play this one right, letting the contending landscape develop to the point at which teams would be competing for Machado’s services. This could’ve gone the other way in a more diluted market, but the Orioles wound up fortunate by waiting things out. And now they’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out — if they got similar returns to the Bedard deal that landed Adam Jones and Chris Tillman, or something closer to the five-player haul they got for Miguel Tejada, which netted the club almost nothing in long-term value.