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|Posted: Tue Oct 4th, 2016 06:40 pm||
|Moments after being fired from his position as Arizona Diamondbacks general manager, Dave Stewart offered a window into the apparent dysfunction inside the club's scuffling front office.
"It is what it is. It’s that side of the business. To be honest with you, I'm kind of relieved," Stewart told USA Today's Bob Nightengale. "Quite frankly, I've got better things to do."
Stewart received the news of his firing from Tony La Russa, who was familiar with the former pitcher from their days together in the Oakland Athletics organization. Following another disappointing season, in which the Diamondbacks lost 93 games, managing general partner Ken Kendrick made the final decision to dismiss both Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Monday.
"I don’t have anything bad to say about Ken Kendrick," said Stewart, who lasted just two seasons as the club's GM. "I’m not mad at this guy. He’s different. I’m different. Really, we were oil and water."
The Diamondbacks posted the sixth-worst winning percentage in all of baseball after an offseason that had many labeling them as contenders. Led by Stewart, the team signed starter Zack Greinke to a franchise-record $206-million contract and traded first overall pick Dansby Swanson and promising outfielder Ender Inciarte to Atlanta for Shelby Miller, a move panned by critics and rival teams.
"Everybody keeps talking about the Shelby Miller trade, but I made other trades too. We made plenty of other trades, too. I trusted my scouts. I valued their opinion. I was the one who ultimately made the decisions, and I’ll stand by that," Stewart said. "But you look at everything, and I feel like I did a pretty good job here. You may not know it for a couple of years, but you will."
In a statement released by the club, Kendrick hinted at more moves to come.
"We are still discussing what the appropriate role for Tony La Russa will be going forward," he said.