A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale - Oakland A's president Billy Beane and an assortment of other people plan to meet with the Heisman trophy victor in an effort to dissuade him from going to the National Football League and play for them instead. He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.

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

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

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Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and global spending allotment. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives. Since Murray is already technically under contract, no league rules would be broken if the A's were to sign him to a Major League contract now and add him to their 40-man roster. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. Murray would be signing an additional contract on top of the original signing bonus and minor-league contract.

There is, however, no possibility that Murray could play both football and baseball in the same year.

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