Murray could get MLB deal from A's to choose baseball

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

Oakland A's trying to convince Kyler Murray to pick baseball over football before NFL Draft deadline, reports say

Murray was taken by the A's with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft and then went on to play his final season of college football with Oklahoma.

Murray's contract gave him $4.8 million in bonus money from being taken ninth, which means he's guaranteed to have that coming in, but there's now a near consensus that he will be a late first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

With that, the financials are likely in favor of the NFL as is what is clearly his desire to play football.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Sunday that MLB is willing to waive a rule that prevents newly drafted minor-league players from having MLB contracts if it gets Murray to choose baseball. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team will meet with Murray today to try and convince him to choose baseball. That would place Oakland on the clock to promote Murray to the major leagues by 2022 or potentially lose him to another team.

The chances seem high at this point that Murray, who projects to be one of the first quarterbacks taken, will enter the draft.

So while Murray's signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision.

The A's gave Murray a $4.66 million signing bonus previous year after choosing him with the ninth pick in the draft despite the center fielder's limited baseball experience. At 5-foot-9, Murray would be the smallest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, but he is reportedly regarded as a potential first-rounder.

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.

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