3 San Diego Padres offseason additions we should already be concerned about

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The San Diego Padres sit at 9-11 following their series-salvaging win against the Braves. There're plenty of reasons to believe this team will be fine, but the slow start is obviously frustrating.

The big move the Padres made this offseason outside of some extensions was bringing in Xander Bogaerts on a massive deal. Bogaerts has gotten off to an unbelievable start which has been crucial with all of the injuries San Diego is dealing with.

Bogaerts wasn't the only Padre signed, and there're three players brought in by A.J. Preller this offseason who have gotten off to concerning starts.

1) San Diego Padres DH Matt Carpenter seems to have lost his 2022 magic

It looked like Matt Carpenter was heading toward retirement. He struggled so mightily in his last three seasons in St. Louis to the point where he inked a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in the 2021 offseason.

After getting off to a good start in the minors, the Yankees took a flyer on him last season. Carpenter took advantage of a new environment and the short porch at Yankee Stadium and slashed .305/.412/.727 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI in 47 games. I know playing at Yankee Stadium is easier for left-handed power hitters, but that's a 52 home run pace in a 162 game season.

The Padres signed Carpenter to a two-year deal worth $12 million. He's served as the primary DH against righties, and has gotten off to an abysmal start.

The veteran has slashed .152/.317/.273 with one home run and six RBI in his first 13 games of the season. Carpenter had six home runs in his first 13 games as a Yankee last season. He has just five hits this season. The Padres need more, and considering his age and decline before the one hot streak, there's reason for concern.