Ranking the five best acquisitions the Mariners have made so far this off-season

Jerry Dipoto and Justin Hollander have been active this winter, adding and subtracting from the Mariners roster. Here are their five best moves so far.

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#5 3B Luis Urias

The Mariners made a deal early this off-season that flew under the radar at the time. Acquiring Luis Urias from the Red Sox in exchange for RHP Isaiah Campbell. If the season started tomorrow, in all likelihood the Mariners would start Urias at third base on opening day. Tyler Locklear is certainly another possible option there, but probably will not be ready to start game one. Locklear has also been playing more at first base in the minors and needs additional reps at third to make that positional switch.

Before 2023, Urias had been a solid player for the Milwaukee Brewers who had played all over the infield. In 2023, Urias suffered a series of injuries during the 2023 season which clearly affected his play on the field. His career slash line is .234/.333/.385, and in 2023 Urias suffered career lows in each of those statistical categories (batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage).

Hopefully, a healthy off-season will help Urias have a more productive 2024. Having primarily played third base throughout his career, he should not have any problem playing the position. The Mariners are counting on Urias' defensive acumen at the position, as Urias has shone he has the range to cover the position, with 11 defensive runs saved while playing at third base for his career.