SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dan Jennings traded Dan Jennings.
On the final day of the winter meetings, the Miami Marlins sent Jennings, a 27-year-old left-handed reliever, to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for 26-year-old right-hander Andre Rienzo.
Dan Jennings, the Marlins’ 54-year-old general manager, laughed about the deal.
“On the road, sometimes he’d get to the room and say to me, ‘I think I got the wrong room. They put wine in my room,’” the GM said.
The pitcher was 3-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts over 100 innings in 116 relief appearances with the Marlins from 2012-14.
“When it happened, I had to question which Dan Jennings we were trading,” said Mike Hill, Miami’s president of baseball operations.
The two men aren’t related.
“We used to have running jokes, he and I,” the general manager said. “A box would come in and it would go upstairs to me. Different mail would come in and go to the wrong guy.”
The GM, who joined the team in 2002 as vice president of player personnel, said the Marlins’ Manny Colon would be a beneficiary of the trade.
“Our traveling secretary is certainly glad it happened, because it was a mess on the road,” the elder Jennings said.