MLB Insider Has Major Update On QB Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman.

Murray's contract gave him $4.8 million in bonus money from being taken ninth, which means he's guaranteed to have that coming in, but there's now a near consensus that he will be a late first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. But what happens after that is where this story truly begins, and may depend on a lot more negotiation and maneuvering, and also on just how the National Football League talent evaluators place him. The situation could result in a decision with league-wide ramifications, as ESPN.com's Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the A's and Murray can agree to a Major League contract that would guarantee Murray more money for sticking with baseball, Major League Baseball wouldn't object. The A's had a total spending pool of $9,553,200 for 2018. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.

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The Oakland Athletics - led by president Billy Beane - are meeting with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the National Football League and play professional baseball, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. That would be taking special treatment to a new level, but MLB thinks that highly of Murray and wants him in baseball. It's a high risk game for a National Football League franchise to use an early pick on Murray and invest in him only to have him stay with the Athletics.

Murray and the A's are set to meet on Sunday to discuss his professional future. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely.

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