Are the Mariners set with their current infield?

Though the Mariners have made a couple smaller moves to address the infield and have two infield prospects on the upswing, are they set with their current infield?
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The Mariners have acquired two infielders this off-season in Luis Urias and Michael Chavis. They also traded away two important pieces from infield last season, including third baseman Eugenio Suarez and second baseman Jose Caballero. The Mariners appear to be a little thin when it comes to their present roster in the infield and are putting a ton of faith in infielders Josh Rojas and Luis Urias.

Also, the Mariners do have 1B/3B Tyler Locklear and 2B Ryan Bliss who could make the roster in 2024 and provide infield depth. However, neither of these players has any big league experience. That is not to say either Locklear or Bliss are incapable of making an impact on the major league roster. Jose Caballero for example, had not played above minor league ball prior to 2023, and he filled in admirably for Kolten Wong who struggled last year. Still, there should be a little skepticism over how ready Locklear and Bliss are to take the next steps in their development.

Seattle is also counting on Luis Urias to be more productive and healthy in 2024 than he was in 2023. Hoping he can return to the player he was in Milwaukee prior to the 2023 season. Another move the Mariners made is they gave former Red Sox third baseman Michael Chavis a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training. Chavis is a career .238 hitter, with a .283 OBP, and a .685 OPS, his best season coming in his 2019 rookie season where his slash line was .254/.322/.766.

Even with those additions to the infield, there still feels like a piece is missing to this Mariners infield. They are asking a ton from these new acquisitions to fill the void left by Eugenio Suarez at third. Since 2012, the Mariners have been rock solid at third base with either Suarez or Kyle Seager manning the position. Can Urias play close to 162 games at third this season? Would the Mariners platoon Rojas and Urias at third or second base? Could Ty France move to second or third base and Luke Raley go to first?

These are important questions the Mariners need to answer before the 2024 season begins. Which is why there is still a feeling the Mariners are not done making additions to this roster. If the M's decide not to make any more serious additions, they could also just play the season out, and make a trade mid-season. The best case scenario though, would be for the Mariners to add another bat before Spring Training. Particularly adding an infielder while considering an outfielder, if they believe repositioning there infielders is possible. By adding another hitter, they can figure out where they want to play each of their new players and that way they are not left with a significant hole on their roster.