TORONTO -- Following the aftermath of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- that saw Jake Westbrook, Kerry Wood, Austin Kearns, and Jhonny Peralta find new homes -- manager Manny Acta was left to pick up the pieces on Sunday.
"As much as I didn't want to see any of the guys go, because that's the nature of the game, I'm glad it's over," Acta said. "That way we can just move on and not have all the uncertainty, and guys wondering, around. I'm glad it's over and we're just going to try to continue this tough road trip ahead of us and move forward with our young ballclub."
Now with only two players -- Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan -- over the age of the 30 on the club's active roster, Acta stressed the importance of a new wave of emerging clubhouse leaders.
"I think that was the biggest loss in Jake [Westbrook] and Kearns, because they were guys that really could lead these guys and be able to talk to them," Acta said. "Right now we're [left] with [Asdrubal] Cabrera and maybe a guy or two out of the bullpen -- it's tough. We're going to let them play first, and then try and find out who can lead here.
"Guys like [Cabrera] and [Shin-Soo] Choo, some of those guys are going to look up to them. It's easier to lead when you are a good player too. People [tend to] listen to you more when you play good [and] if you lead the right way."