Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

The Oakland #Athletics have a contingent, led by president Billy Beane, meeting today with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the #NFL and play baseball for them.

The Oklahoma quarterback has until Monday to declare for the National Football League draft or stick with baseball.

Should Murray go the National Football League route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.

The deadline for Murray to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft is Monday.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. Mike Leslie of WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Murray was demanding $15 million to play baseball.

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Murray agreed to a minor league deal with a $4.66 million signing bonus after Oakland took him with the ninth pick in the 2018 draft.

As Passan explains in follow-up tweet, league rules prevent a team from signing a drafted player to an MLB contract straight out of the draft. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. 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.

According to USA TODAY Sports, A's brass led by team president Billy Beane did meet with Murray to make their pitch on Sunday.

There is, however, no possibility that Murray could play both football and baseball in the same year. Had Murray had an ordinary season it's entirely possible that he's heading to spring training in February with relatively little fanfare.

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