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Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s

Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s
Noah Ferguson | 14 January, 2019, 04:31

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

The summit comes a day before the deadline to declare for the National Football League draft, which the A's believe Murray plans to do.

Should Murray go the National Football League route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.

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

The A's selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June and gave him a $4.66 million bonus. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise.

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. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives. As Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter link), Major League Baseball wouldn't believe that Murray and the A's were in violation of the draft pool system with this new contract unless the league felt such a handshake agreement for more money was made last summer, before Murray was originally signed.

It did not entirely allay fears over Murray's size.

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