Mookie Betts Prepared For Any Dodgers Shortstop Decision

Mookie Betts spent the offseason preparing for a full-time position change to second base, but with less than one week remaining in Spring Training, he was switched to become the new Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop.

That decision stemmed from Gavin Lux’s defensive woes and was one manager Dave Roberts referred to as “permanent, for now.”

Betts has remained the primary Dodgers shortstop so far this season, but whether he’ll remain at the position long-term is unclear. The Dodgers were connected to multiple shortstops during the offseason, most prominently Willy Adames of the Milwaukee Brewers.

When asked about his future at shortstop or potentially moving back to second base, Betts explained he’s not concerned with either scenario and simply remains focused on contributing, per Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group :

“No, not really,” the Dodgers’ accidental shortstop says. “If there’s changes made and I have to move back to second or wherever, that’s fine. I don’t care. I just want to win. If it is permanent, I’m prepared for that too.

“I think I’m kind of prepared for anything at this point. I’m more intentional about everything and that’s allowed me to be ready for any surprises that come.”

Betts’ ability to play the infield traces back to being drafted by the Boston Red Sox as a second baseman. However, with Hall of Famer Dustin Pedroia entrenched at the position, Betts kicked out to right field, where he became a six-time Gold Glove winner.

There have been some growing pains for Betts at shortstop and he does not grade out favorably in terms of defensive metrics, but the Dodgers have continued to praise his work ethic and ability to play the position.

Miguel Rojas helping Mookie Betts

Part of Betts’ daily regimen includes fielding ground balls at shortstop before every game. Miguel Rojas, a noted defensive wizard, oftentimes has been alongside Betts and provided him with advice and guidance.

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