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Kyler Murray is about to Create an NFL-MLB Bidding War

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea Report: Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft
Sidney Guerrero | 14 January, 2019, 04:31

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

The A's selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June and gave him a $4.66 million bonus.

As Passan explains in follow-up tweet, league rules prevent a team from signing a drafted player to an MLB contract straight out of the draft.

The Oakland Athletics are sending a group of top executives to meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray on Sunday in the hopes of persuading him to pursue a professional baseball career as he decides between honoring his contract with the team or playing quarterback in the National Football League, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall
Eight Republicans also broke rank to vote with the Democrats last week to restore funding to the Treasury Department and the IRS. The Post-ABC poll said a slight majority (54 percent) opposes construction of the wall, with 42 percent favoring it.

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.

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

But Murray presents a special case for the A's and Major League Baseball on multiple fronts. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise.

For that to happen, Murray would be a part of the A's 40-man roster from the start while beginning his minor-league career in the lower levels of the A's system. 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. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely.

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