Dan Jennings enters his first full season as the Marlins General Manager in 2104 and his 12th season with the organization overall, previously serving as Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager. Jennings was promoted to his current role on September 29, 2013. He signed a contract extension through the 2015 season on September 29, 2007. He joined the Marlins as Vice President of Player Personnel on July 26, 2002. Jennings works closely with President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, focusing on roster management, arbitration, payroll and contract research and negotiation, and waiver and rule compliance.
Prior to joining the Marlins, Jennings served as the Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for seven-plus seasons. Under his direction, the Devil Rays signed and developed more than 45 Major League players, including All-Stars Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, James Shields and 2003 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Rocco Baldelli.
Jennings began his scouting career in 1986 as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds and joined the Seattle Mariners as an area scout in 1988. He was promoted by the Mariners to Midwest cross-checker in 1995 and was named the Devil Rays Scouting Director on August 16, 1995.
An undrafted right-handed pitcher, Jennings was signed by the New York Yankees out of a tryout camp in 1984 and attended Spring Training with Class-A Greensboro. After his Minor League career, he coached baseball at Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala., before starting his scouting career with the Reds.
Jennings serves on the Board of Directors for both the MLB Scout of the Year program and the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. He was elected to the Southeastern Professional Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2005, he was voted into his alma mater Fairhope (AL) High School Hall of Fame.
Jennings is a 1984 graduate of William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss. He also attended and played baseball at Southern Mississippi. Jennings, his wife, Lori, have three sons, Tyler (28), Stewart (28) and Hunter (24).