Dan Jennings has seen time as the Marlins General Manager and as the club's Manager. But there is a chance his time with the Marlins could come to an end.
Jennings has a notably positive reputation throughout the league, and according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, he has been linked to the Mariners' General Manager job. Seattle fired GM Jack Zduriencik last week and the organization is in the process adding additional front office personnel.
After the Marlins fired Mike Redmond, Jennings was asked to move from the front office into the dugout. There was talk of the situation irking other professional managers and several made significant comments with regard to the move. Regardless, Jennings has not had a notable amount of success as the Marlins, plagued by injuries all season, have struggled throughout the summer months.
This offseason, the Marlins are expected to hire a new manager while the expectation is Jennings will return to the dugout. Miami is seeking a candidate with experience, which neither Mike Redmond nor Jennings initially brought. If he remains with the Marlins, Jennings will likely be directly involved when a new manager is selected. His dugout experiences might facilitate the process.
While Jennings has what appears to be a solid relationship with Owner Jeffrey Loria and has reportedly kept his relatively happy nature throughout his time as manager, he is also familiar with the Mariners organization. Jennings spent time as a cross-checker and scout in Seattle and could be open to returning to the American League.
Though Jennings might consider the position, he could be drawn to Miami as a result of the club's young core. When healthy and productive, the Marlins have arguably the best core in baseball featuring Dee Gordon, Adeiny Hechavarria, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jose Fernandez. The Marlins could prove to be closer to a title than the Mariners depending on the moves made this winter.
Jennings has served as a manager but since he is under contract as a GM, he might not receive permission to interview. Loria would have to allow Jennings to interview formally.
The Mariners will end up with a new GM and the Marlins will likely have a new manager. But their old GM turned Manager could be on the move in the coming weeks.