Mounting losses increase pressure to produce

Mounting losses increase pressure to produce

MIAMI -- The mounting number of losses raises the sense of urgency around the Marlins for players to produce.

The more the team struggles, the greater chance that changes could be made.

Several players who are on the disabled list could be back in a few weeks. And by mid-June, prospects like Christian Yelich, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect and No. 13 overall prospect, are expected to be promoted to the big leagues.

"There is always a sense of urgency in the big leagues, at least there should be," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's all about producing and production. If you don't produce, you don't stick around, that's just the way it is. It's been like that forever."

With the team 20-games under .500, the Marlins are finding themselves being targeted by contending clubs regarding potential trades. Relievers Steve Cishek, Ryan Webb and Mike Dunn are probable targets.

"These guys understand guys are hurt, and guys are coming back, and they're reading the newspapers and know everything that is being written," Redmond said. "They know the situation. It really comes down to where guys have to go out there and play and produce."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter