Kyler Murray wants $15 million from A's to stick with baseball

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2019

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

According to a report from MLB.com, the league sent marketing executives to a meeting between the A's and Murray on Sunday.

In spite of an A's effort on Sunday to convince him not to do so, * it is anticipated that Murray will declare his eligibility for the National Football League draft by Monday's deadline, which wouldn't end his pro baseball career before it started but certainly makes that a real possibility - and.

However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems. They are not allowed to sign amateur players to minor league deals, then immediately give them major league deals, because the latter would be an inducement to sign and a circumvention of the league's finite draft pools. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives.

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The Oakland A's took Kyler Murray at No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft with the idea that the Oklahoma quarterback would leave football behind and turn his focus to the diamond. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.

Oakland would have to add Murray to its 40-man roster if he signed a major-league contract.

There is, however, no possibility that Murray could play both football and baseball in the same year.

Last week, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when they found out that Kyler Murray would likely forego playing baseball for them and enter his name into the NFL Draft instead. The Athletics would still retain his baseball rights if he chose to return to baseball.

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