Latest On Kyler Murray, Athletics

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2019

The A's have a lot invested in Kyler Murray, seeing as how they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. 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. While Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the $15MM figure is "too high", she notes that the A's and Murray's representatives from the Boras Corporation "are working on trying something creative to accommodate" Murray.

Kyler Murray wants the Oakland Athletic's to show him the money.

Oakland would have to add Murray to the 40-man roster to make such changes.

But Murray presents a special case for the A's and Major League Baseball on multiple fronts.

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

Some have argued that the guaranteed money he's already agreed to with Oakland would be enough to convince him to stick with baseball and report to MLB spring training in February as the A's hope. Mike Leslie of Dallas' WFAA said Murray was asking for $15 million - over three times what his original signing bonus was - to keep playing baseball.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. The NFL combine begins February 26.

The A's gave Murray a $4.66 million signing bonus a year ago after choosing him with the ninth pick in the draft despite the center fielder's limited baseball experience. At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, at 5-10. Murray, a junior, could be a first-round pick if he wants to go into the National Football League draft.

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