Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Oakland A's Desperately Trying To Dissuade Kyler Murray From Entering NFL Draft

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Frederick Owens | 14 January, 2019, 07:57

Murray reportedly would have to give back most of the money the A's gave him if he were to play professionally in the National Football League instead.

Last week, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when they found out that Kyler Murray would likely forego playing baseball for them and enter his name into the NFL Draft instead.

It seems safe to say that MLB really wants Murray to choose baseball over football.

Major League Baseball clearly understands Murrays' dynamism.

According to multiple reports, Murray is asking for a significant increase in guaranteed money from Oakland - as he should, given he has incredible leverage right now - although the number is in flux.

However, the Oklahoma QB wouldn't necessarily lose guaranteed money if he chooses football. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.

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The A's gave Murray a $4.66 million signing bonus a year ago after choosing him with the ninth pick in the draft despite the center fielder's limited baseball experience. 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.

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

Back in December, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said whichever sport Murray plays was a win-win.

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.

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.

That must be one hefty pro/con list.

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