PHOENIX -- Former D-backs general manager Kevin Towers has decided not to remain in the organization and instead will pursue other opportunities within baseball.
"I thank Kevin for his time and hard work while here with the Diamondbacks," D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. "We considered a different role for him, but it would create an awkwardness for him and our existing staff. He is a tremendous professional with outstanding relationships and will be working with another team in no time."
The D-backs opened a search for a new general manager in early September and last week hired Dave Stewart as GM and De Jon Watson as senior vice president of baseball operations to fill Towers' role.
Stewart, Watson and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa asked Towers to remain with the organization perhaps taking a role in the professional scouting department, but after considering it, he decided not to accept it.
Assistant GM Billy Ryan, who was hired by Towers when he took over the GM job following the 2010 season, will also be leaving the organization after not having his contract renewed.
"I'd like to thank the Diamondbacks for allowing me to be a part of this organization over the past four years," Ryan said in a statement. "I understand Dave's desire to surround himself with a leadership team with which he's familiar as he takes over the Baseball Operations department in Arizona. I'm proud of the things we accomplished behind the scenes during my time here, and wish my friends with the Diamondbacks well as I look forward to my next opportunity."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.