Oakland A's Desperately Trying To Dissuade Kyler Murray From Entering NFL Draft

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that MLB sent marketing executives to the meeting to outline Murray's potential earnings in a baseball career. The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman.

According to multiple reports, Murray is asking for a significant increase in guaranteed money from Oakland - as he should, given he has incredible leverage right now - although the number is in flux.

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

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

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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. The most recent reports regarding Murray's decision were that he was leaning towards a football career, and planning to declare for the NFL Draft.

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

It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player. He'd signed with the Oakland A's as their first-round pick in June's baseball draft (ninth overall), agreeing to a $4.66 million bonus that came with the stipulation that the A's would not stand in the way of him playing football in 2018. He is due into A's camp, where he planned on joining the major league players, by February 15. 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. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.

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