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Miami Marlins concerned with offensive production

According to President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, offense, not pitching, is the club's primary concern.

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At 30-41, the Marlins are not prepared to sell. But according to President of Baseball Operations, offensive production, not pitching, is the club's primary concern as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Hill told Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald the Marlins need consistent offense from the middle and bottom of the order in order to inch closer to five hundred.

"We have to be a more consistent offense and score runs," Hill said. "We thought we would have hit our stride by now."

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Giancarlo Stanton has posted a .260/.341/.596 batting line to complement 25 home runs and 64 RBIs and Dee Gordon has had a notable amount of success (.356/.377/.425) at the top of the Marlins' order. But while both Gordon and Stanton are thriving, the front office is hopeful the middle of Miami's order can produce throughout the second half of the season.

Both Michael Morse and Martin Prado are on the disabled list and can contribute immediately upon returning. Justin Bour has provided power from the left side of the plate since being promoted and J.T. Realmuto has proven to be an upgrade behind the plate. Adeiny Hechavarria has hit consistently in various spots in the lineup, but as a team, the Marlins have not had a notable amount of success with runners in scoring position.

As the Marlins consider potential upgrades towards the end of July, offense will likely be discussed. However, if the Marlins want to add a bat before the deadline, the organization might have to get creative. Young core players are receiving playing time and there may not be a starting spot for an offensive minded player who is added via a trade.

While the Marlins are seeking offensive improvement, the club's starting pitching staff should prove to be more durable and consistent moving forward. Jose Fernandez is set to return on July 2 and Mat Latos has returned healthy. David Phelps may move to the bullpen and Justin Nicolino will likely be optioned back to Triple-A. The Marlins have starting pitching depth, and with a healthy rotation in the second half, should see the bullpen have more success, too.

Miami opens a lengthy homestand, which features contests against the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Giants, on Tuesday night. The Marlins' performance may determine the organization's actions with regard to trades in the coming weeks. But if the offense does not become consistent, adding a bat will likely become realistic.