Dave Stewart was fired by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday after spending two seasons as the team's general manager.
"We looked at this in terms of trend. We did not see the trend line at present moving in the right direction," D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick said Monday afternoon about the firing of Stewart and manager Chip Hale.
Speaking to USA TODAY, Stewart said he isn't upset with Kendrick, but noted the two of them didn't mesh well.
"They may think I'm going to blast people, but I'm not. It is what it is," Stewart said. "To be honest with you, I'm kind of relieved. Quite frankly, I've got better things to do.
"I don't have anything bad to say about Ken Kendrick. I'm not mad at this guy. He's different. I'm different. Really, we were oil and water."
The D-backs went 148-176 during Stewart's two seasons as GM. That record is tied for the ninth-worst in Major League Baseball during that span.