Latest On Kyler Murray, Athletics

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Whether the A's are willing to give Murray a major league deal or meet his financial demands remained unclear after the meeting.

One day before the deadline to apply for the National Football League draft as an early entrant, Kyler Murray met with Oakland Athletics' leadership as they hoped to convince him to remain committed to playing baseball.

If Murray declares for the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020 and is a first-round pick he would be the first player to be a first-round pick in both the NFL and MLB drafts.

MLB rules prohibit players from signing major league contracts, which place players on the 40-man roster, out of the draft.

Murray is reportedly asking for $15 million to choose baseball or else he'll stick with football, which has more front-end money but pales in comparison to the longevity and potential pay down the line that baseball can offer. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. As Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter link), Major League Baseball wouldn't believe that Murray and the A's were in violation of the draft pool system with this new contract unless the league felt such a handshake agreement for more money was made last summer, before Murray was originally signed.

Clearly, he wants National Football League first round money to stick with baseball.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland.

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