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There’s a decent chance that the Boston Red Sox look to trade former AL MVP Mookie Betts this winter. The combination of payroll flexibility and Betts’ status as a free agent following the 2020 season has led to this speculation.

In talking about his star outfielder, Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy noted that the team has yet to open extension negotiations with Betts.

“I’m sure we’ll have conversations at the appropriate time,” Kennedy said, via Mass Live. What exactly is the appropriate time? Betts, 27, is arbitration eligible again this offseason.

His projected salary of $27.7 million could be cost restrictive for a Sox team in the midst of what could be a roster overhaul.

If traded, Betts could help both restock the Red Sox’ farm system and give them desirable young players under team control ready to make an immediate impact.

The 2018 AL MVP, Betts hit .295 with 28 homers, 80 RBI and a .915 OPS while earning his fourth Gold Glove in right field this past season.