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O's discuss 'end of an era' with recent trades

Newly acquired prospects tour Camden Yards on Friday
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BALTIMORE -- There's no doubt it's the end of an era in Baltimore baseball, as the Orioles begin a rebuild that has seen some of the biggest fixtures over the past six years no longer with the organization.

It's evident on the field and in a much quieter clubhouse, with the lockers of Manny Machado and Zach Britton gone and the possibility that Adam Jones and Brad Brach may soon join them.

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BALTIMORE -- There's no doubt it's the end of an era in Baltimore baseball, as the Orioles begin a rebuild that has seen some of the biggest fixtures over the past six years no longer with the organization.

It's evident on the field and in a much quieter clubhouse, with the lockers of Manny Machado and Zach Britton gone and the possibility that Adam Jones and Brad Brach may soon join them.

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"There's no doubt," Davis said of the different vibe in Camden Yards' home clubhouse. "I felt that way when Manny was traded, and obviously not long after, Zach was traded. It seems like there might [be] moves in the future for us, and I think it's something that we all realized was a possibility, but you don't know how you're going to feel until it actually happens, and it's definitely a different atmosphere.

Video: Orioles broadcast gives tribute to Britton

"I don't want to say quieter. It's just different. I preached at Spring Training last year and earlier this year how special it is trying to play with the same group of guys for as many years as we did, and I think some of the younger guys don't realize how special it is to have the same group together year in and year out. And we're starting to see some of those guys go, and it's tough, but we've got to make the best of the situation we're in."

The Orioles also released right-handed pitcher Chris Tillman earlier this week, a former All-Star who -- like Machado and Britton -- was instrumental in the Orioles' run of three playoff appearances in a span of six years, including the American League East title in '14.

There may be more new prospects added for Jones and Brach as the O's continue to listen in on offers in advance of Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I wasn't here for 2012 and 2013 when it first started, but 2014 to '16 there, and just these last five years I've been here, it's been a winning tradition," Brach said. "Unfortunately, this year it didn't work the way we all had envisioned, but it definitely seems like the end of an era. Seems like it's going to continue here for this next week. When all the cards fall, we'll see where we are at Tuesday next week and just go from there."

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Five of the eight newest Orioles prospects were in town on Friday night, making good use of Double-A Bowie's postponement due to rain in Harrisburg to come to Camden Yards.

Outfielder Yusniel Diaz, pitchers Dillon Tate, Zach Pop and Dean Kremer and third baseman Rylan Bannon took in pregame batting practice, met with manager Buck Showalter and got visits from Trey Mancini and Mychal Givens.

Tweet from @Orioles: Newly acquired prospects, @pop_zach, @YusnielDiaz17, @DJ_KREY6, @RBannon4, and Dillon Tate are visiting from @BowieBaysox tonight. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/i15J0Z6LGO

"They are going to fit in. I don't see any problems with that," Bowie manager Gary Kendall said of the five. "They are enjoying themselves so far and starting to get acclimated. That was a big thing with bringing them here today is getting them acclimated to the organization, getting them around a place that they want to be in a short amount of time. It's going to be a real exciting time here."

Acquired in the trades of Manny Machado and Zach Britton, the Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, updated by MLB Pipeline earlier this week, has gotten a bit of an overhaul. Diaz is now the team's No. 1 prospect with Tate at No. 6. Both guys were considered the centerpieces of their respective trade, immediately putting the spotlight on them.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

"I do my best too [embrace it], but I think I need to be aware of the other guys that I'm around and give them credit, because those guys are also very talented as well," said Tate, acquired in the Britton trade with the Yankees. "I realize I'm being pushed by those guys every day. So I don't really look at it so much as me being the centerpiece. Just a group really that I came here with."

Diaz, the biggest name prospect in the five-player haul for Machado, is coming off a standout performance in the Futures Game in which he hit two homers. The five-tool player, who was the Dodgers' fourth-best prospect when he was acquired, is -- like Tate -- knocking at the door to join the big league club.

"I wouldn't say there's no pressure," Diaz said through an interpreter. "At the beginning I felt a little pressure, but right now I feel confident and am looking forward to the challenge."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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