In 2022, Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts hit a career-high 35 homers.
He had a fantastic season as a whole, slashing .269/.340/.533 with a 144 wRC+ (44 percent better than the league average), 12 stolen bases, 117 runs, and 82 RBI.
His 6.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) represented his best finish since he won his MVP award in 2018 with the Boston Red Sox and had 10.5.
It appears he wants to make a run at 40 homers, because he introduced some changes to his diet and eating regime during the offseason.
“Mookie Betts gained eight pounds this winter to add strength, he said. Came at the recommendation of folks at Driveline, where he went this winter ‘because my employer told me to.’ Said he made sure to eat more, and stop skipping snacks this winter. I did the same,” The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya tweeted.
Mookie Betts gained eight pounds this winter to add strength, he said. Came at the recommendation of folks at Driveline, where he went this winter "because my employer told me to."
Said he made sure to eat more, and stop skipping snacks this winter. I did the same.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 16, 2023
Hilarious joke aside, it seems like the Dodgers want to see more power from Mookie.
He is certainly capable of providing it, with his short, compact swing.
However, it may come at the expense of some stolen bases and some mobility on the field as a defensive player.
Still, it should be a worthy trade-off as long as his swing is not affected.
Betts won the 2020 World Series in LA, and wants to return the franchise to the highest spot.
We have seen throughout his career that if he sets a goal in his mind, he usually ends up reaching it.
We may be seeing a new Betts in 2023, but the end result should be the same as usual: a stellar player who is among the best in the league.NEXT: MLB Analyst Breaks Down The Dodgers' Latest Move