3 negligent San Diego Padres offseason decisions the team is paying for right now

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If the saying goes "you get what you pay for," then it's fair to say that the San Diego Padres haven't exactly made that a truism in 2023.

The team has largely underachieved this season despite major acquisitions to their roster last winter, and some of those spending decisions have looked less than stellar in retrospect. Let's analyze three of these manuevers (or lack thereof) by A.J. Preller and the Padres' front office that have racked up a negative cost benefit through mid-June.

1) The San Diego Padres' over-aggressiveness with the Yu Darvish extension

The Padres sent shockwaves across the baseball landscape (yet again) when they decided to hand 36-year-old righty Yu Darvish a six-year, $108 million extension just before the start of this season. This new contract will take the Japanese pitcher through his age-42 season.

Committing that many years and dollars to an already veteran starter seemed like an inherent risk, but now looks even worse in mid-June, as Darvish's season ERA has inflated to 4.74 over 13 starts coming off his latest dud against the Tampa Bay Rays. That's not the type of production owner Peter Seidler is paying for, to say the least.

Darvish must improve, and fast, if he is to make this extension worthwhile for the Padres. And given Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander's lack of overall success this season since each were paid by the New York Mets and Steve Cohen, this doesn't appear promising for the Padres and Yu Darvish.