It's constantly discussed, so I thought this new interview was worth its own thread
"They had things they needed to take care of," said Betts of the Red Sox' offer. "They were in a situation where they had to do what's best for them. You can't really be mad at somebody for having to do what's best for them, especially when you have to do what's best for you. There's definitely no hatred there. Chaim (Bloom) did a great job kind of talking and being upfront and honest and made the whole process smooth. It sucks, but that's part of it."
Throughout his final years in Boston, Betts had always taking the tact that his contract commitment was going to be based in a business decision. This was not going to be driven by emotion. It was an approach he never deviated from, all the way until signing that life-changing deal with the Dodgers.
https://www.audacy.com/weei/sports/red-sox/mookie-betts-wants-to-set-the-record-straight?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter"I was able to kind of get over saying no the first time, seeing these big numbers on the paper," he said of the first offer extended by the Red Sox, when he was still years from becoming free agent-eligible. "Once I was able to say no the first time, it got a little easier and a little easier. And then you just start to understand the business side. ..."