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Major League Baseball bending rules for Kyler Murray, Oakland Athletics to reach deal

14 January, 2019, 04:34 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray reportedly is meeting Sunday with representatives of the Oakland Athletics, who hope to persuade him to play professional baseball. He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

The 2019 National Football League draft declaration deadline is Monday.

But with his football success, rumors have persisted that he will declare for the NFL draft and leave baseball behind. Mike Leslie of WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Murray was demanding $15 million to play baseball.

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Perhaps this news will actually hurt Murray's draft stock. Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system. 9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football. I've said for a long time that I think Murray can hang in the NFL, and there's a lot of money to be made as a quarterback in the league. While it's totally understandable for Murray to use that leverage to get more money, it's unclear if the A's could even pay Murray more if they wanted to. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team will meet with Murray today to try and convince him to choose baseball.

We should know more about Murray's final decision soon. In Murray's case, because he signed a minor league deal, and because his performance at Oklahoma changed the circumstances of his baseball career, Oakland would be within the rules to give Murray a long-term extension if that's what it takes to keep him in baseball, sources tell ESPN.

It did not entirely allay fears over Murray's size.

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