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

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

The deadline to declare for the draft is Monday.

If Murray were to accept a major league contract, the Athletics would have to put him on the 40-man roster. However, the Oakland A's and Major League Baseball are reportedly meeting with Murray on Sunday and are trying to figure out a way to get him to forego the draft and stick with the A's, including restructuring his deal. 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.

While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives. The Athletics would thus be permitted to alter Murray's deal - provided there was no agreement to do so before his first contract, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

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. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.

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The Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall last summer and gave him a $4.66 million bonus, but allowed him to play football at Oklahoma. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely.

But it seems MLB is equally prepared to consider all options to keep Murray in baseball, a sport that is increasingly desperate to grow star players.

Clearly, he wants National Football League first round money to stick with baseball.

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

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