With AC Milan keen to buy Becks from LA Galaxy, former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder Ricketts told TEAM 1040: "I think a lot of people think it would be a bad thing because (MLS) would be losing not just a big name, but the biggest name in the league.
"But I think they should look at it as a good stepping stone."
Ricketts says an exit from Beckham now would give MLS a chance to promote its current crop of players who are committed to staying in the league.
"In two years he's done a lot for the league, he's brought a lot of kudos to the league," said Ricketts. "I think now if he leaves the league it should allow the league to get on with things with the players that we do have."
While the league may not be happy that their marquee player is looking for a way out, Ricketts sees a silver lining to Beckham's potential departure.
"They're going to lose him someday," Ricketts told the TEAM. "All good things come to an end. They are going to lose him eventually, and next year he can go for free. So if AC Milan are willing to pay some money now, it's good business-wise to take it now."