"The organization is indebted to Kevin for not only the 14 years he served as general manager, but for the fact that the club is well-positioned to go forward into the future," Moorad told the Union-Tribune in an exclusive interview before Friday night's game at Petco Park. "I think we need to build a better baseball operations department, better skilled at the areas we're committed to going forward.
"I admire (Towers') skills very much and respect his relationships that exist around the game. But I think over the next period of time, our focus is on more of a strategic approach to drafting and development that has a chance to compete in the division year-in and year-out."
The article says that Moorad told Towers 3 weeks ago that the club would start a GM search and that the meeting was "emotional".
Don't worry though it's not like Towers is being kicked out:
“He's been told that he can office here, he can stay here for as long as he's comfortable being around.
I'm still having a hard time stomaching the fact that the Padres are turning into the Arizona Diamondbacks. I think I'm going to be sick.