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

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

The Oakland #Athletics have a contingent, led by president Billy Beane, meeting today with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the #NFL and play baseball for them. He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's. Murray, a junior, could be a first-round pick if he wants to go into the National Football League 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.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision.

USA Today reported Sunday morning that A's president Billy Beane is leading the contingent to meet with Murray, who, before this season would have been widely panned as too short to be an effective National Football League quarterback.

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As Passan explains in follow-up tweet, league rules prevent a team from signing a drafted player to an MLB contract straight out of the draft.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball. A report last week said Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft. He'd signed with the Oakland A's as their first-round pick in June's baseball draft (ninth overall), agreeing to a $4.66 million bonus that came with the stipulation that the A's would not stand in the way of him playing football in 2018. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.

But Murray presents a special case for the A's and Major League Baseball on multiple fronts.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland.

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