Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

Rex Christensen
January 14, 2019

The Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall last summer and gave him a $4.66 million bonus, but allowed him to play football at Oklahoma.

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

While the two-sport star reportedly is expected to enter the National Football League draft, he already has put pen to paper on a $4.66 million signing bonus with the Oakland A's.

If Murray were to accept a major league contract, the Athletics would have to put him on the 40-man roster. Two sources told ESPN that the A's expected Murray to ask for more guaranteed money.

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That would be taking special treatment to a new level, but MLB thinks that highly of Murray and wants him in baseball.

According to reports Sunday, team officials from Oakland were set to meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of convincing the quarterback/outfielder he should choose baseball over football. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. An MLB rule prevents draftees from signing major-league deals but Murray already signed his minor-league contract in June. Murray would have four options, meaning he would need to join the A's full-time at latest by the 2022 season, though Oakland intends to aggressively promote Murray.

Per Spotrac, first-round picks in the 2018 National Football League draft received signing bonuses ranging from $4.97 million (No. 32 pick Lamar Jackson) to $21.85 million (No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield). While it's totally understandable for Murray to use that leverage to get more money, it's unclear if the A's could even pay Murray more if they wanted to.

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