Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

MLB Insider Has Major Update On QB Kyler Murray

MLB Insider Has Major Update On QB Kyler Murray

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray reportedly is meeting Sunday with representatives of the Oakland Athletics, who hope to persuade him to play professional baseball.

However, ESPN's Adam Schefter indicates that the electrifying signal caller could be a first or second-round pick in April's NFL Draft.

Perhaps this news will actually hurt Murray's draft stock.

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Murray and the A's are set to meet on Sunday to discuss his professional future. Murray is expected to declare for the National Football League draft before the Monday deadline, though doing so in no way would preclude him from agreeing to a new deal with the A's. Murray, who was incredible in leading Oklahoma to the Playoff, already signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's after being drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.

Instead of this meeting clearing things up, it instead raised even more questions.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball.

But Murray presents a special case for the A's and Major League Baseball on multiple fronts. And it would reportedly be willing to waive a rule to keep him from heading to the NFL. Mike Leslie of WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Murray was demanding $15 million to play baseball. The Athletics would still retain his baseball rights if he chose to return to baseball.

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