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

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea Report: Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft
Cary Erickson | 14 January, 2019, 04:34

He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's. 9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football.

Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and global spending allotment.

Murray, agent Scott Boras and A's reps all met together in Dallas on Sunday to explore a potential deal, according to Slusser.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale - Oakland A's president Billy Beane and an assortment of other people plan to meet with the Heisman trophy victor in an effort to dissuade him from going to the National Football League and play for them instead. Two sources told ESPN that the A's expected Murray to ask for more guaranteed money.

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The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training.

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

It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player. The A's don't want their prized first-round draft pick hurt on the football field because they are counting on him wearing an Oakland jersey come spring training.

We should know more about Murray's final decision soon. With multiple teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real. 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.