Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Major League Baseball bending rules for Kyler Murray, Oakland Athletics to reach deal

A's outfield depth can withstand potential loss of Kyler Murray to NFL If this does indeed happen the A's are going to be just
Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2019, 04:34

He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

The A's have a lot invested in Kyler Murray, seeing as how they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.

Murray, agent Scott Boras and A's reps all met together in Dallas on Sunday to explore a potential deal, according to Slusser.

If Kyler Murray is going to stick with baseball, he's going to make the Oakland A's pay. 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 deadline for Murray to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft is Monday.

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

The Chronicle source said National Football League teams would not want Murray to play baseball because of the steeper learning curve for a rookie quarterback and the everyday demands of the position.

Should Oakland decide to pursue a major league deal with Murray, it could guarantee him an additional signing bonus while allowing him to remain in the minor leagues to gain reps in center field. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely. With multiple football teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real.