Mookie Betts is one of the brightest young stars in baseball. At 26 years old, the Red Sox outfielder already has an AL MVP and World Series ring to his name but his best has perhaps yet to come.
With the outfielder eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season, it is curious to see if the Red Sox will give him an extension and just how much he would garner in a big contract.
Betts joined Rob Bradford of RADIO.COM’s and WEEI’s “Bradfo Sho” podcast to discuss the business side of baseball and how he separates that from his concentration on the field.
“It’s kind of tough as you’re playing you kind of wonder what is going to happen to you as you go through the arbitration or as you go through free agency,” he said. “It’s one of those things you have to find a way to separate the two. Even though this is a business, you do have people here that you’re with every day, like your family.
“You want to go play for them and you want to win with them. You have to find a way to do that but understand that there is a business side to it. You have to find away to understand.”
Betts also discussed the adjustment of moving from Nashville to Boston, the leadership in the Red Sox’ clubhouse since David Ortiz retired and also why MLB players like himself should show more personality. Betts even gives his take on whether or not Kevin Durant should have played Game 5 of the NBA Finals.