Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez on OMF address futures in Boston

Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2019 - 3:19 pm

For two of the Red Sox' biggest superstars -- Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez --  their futures in Boston are not certain.

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Betts is under contract for one more year before he can become a free agent following the 2020 season. 

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon Tuesday, Betts addressed his feelings on the matter, including the notion some feel he doesn't like it in Boston.

“That is for the front office and those guys to decide," he said. "Right now, I have one more year here. I am going to enjoy it the same way I have enjoyed my past years here. That is something I don’t even focus on. I just know right now I am still a Red Sox. I am happy with it.”

Betts added: “No matter what I say, people are going to have their opinions and there is nothing I can do about that. I have made it known this is my second home. I have been here, this is all I have known. I’ve loved it here. I love the fans, everybody -- my teammates, front office, everybody here. That doesn’t change the business of baseball and what value is there.

"I don’t want to go down that path, but for people who say I don’t enjoy it here, I love it here. I come here in the winter time just to hang out with friends and whatnot. My family loves coming up here and going to do things. It’s not that I don’t like Boston at all.”

Meanwhile, Martinez is signed through 2022, but can opt out after this season. 

“I don’t know. I am just worried about right now," he said when asked about it. "That is the last thing I am thinking about. When the media asks me, I am just like, ‘You know Scott Boras? Call him up.’ He’s the guy that is going to help me with that decision. I let him worry about that stuff.”

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