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

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

The Oakland A's took Kyler Murray at No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft with the idea that the Oklahoma quarterback would leave football behind and turn his focus to the diamond.

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.

Murray, agent Scott Boras and A's reps all met together in Dallas on Sunday to explore a potential deal, according to Slusser.

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In spite of an A's effort on Sunday to convince him not to do so, * it is anticipated that Murray will declare his eligibility for the National Football League draft by Monday's deadline, which wouldn't end his pro baseball career before it started but certainly makes that a real possibility - and.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. Murray would be signing an additional contract on top of the original signing bonus and minor-league contract.

The eye-popping news comes in the wake of reports from earlier today from WFAA's Mike Leslie, who heard from a source that Murray wanted $15MM in new money to forego the National Football League for the Athletics. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. 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. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely. With multiple teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real.

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