Major League Baseball sent marketing executives to meeting with Kyler Murray

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2019

Murray signed a deal with the A's that allowed him to play the 2018 season as Oklahoma's QB with the idea that he'd report to spring training in February.

The Oklahoma quarterback has until Monday to declare for the National Football League draft or stick with baseball. 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.

According to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball would allow the A's to give Murray a major league contract. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.

Obviously, that $15 million ask exceeds that total bonus allotment on its own, and it has already been spent. Multiple outlets have reported that Murray wants a $15 million deal, but Slusser said that figure is too high.

That could be what's happening.

The Oakland Athletics can sign Kyler Murray to a major league deal and offer him significant guaranteed money to choose baseball over football without running afoul of Major League Baseball rules, league sources told ESPN, the latest twist in a sport-vs. -sport battle for the Heisman Trophy victor that's expected to be resolved in the coming days.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives. While a decision on baseball vs. football is not expected Sunday, according to sources, Murray's football prospects seemingly have grown strong enough to compel Oakland to re-recruit the 21-year-old.

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