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

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea
Cassandra Castillo | 14 January, 2019, 04:32

The Oklahoma quarterback has until Monday to declare for the National Football League draft or stick with baseball.

Murray signed a deal with the A's that allowed him to play the 2018 season as Oklahoma's QB with the idea that he'd report to spring training in February.

Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and worldwide spending allotment.

According to a report from MLB.com, the league sent marketing executives to a meeting between the A's and Murray on Sunday.

But with his football success, rumors have persisted that he will declare for the NFL draft and leave baseball behind.

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Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray reportedly is meeting Sunday with representatives of the Oakland Athletics, who hope to persuade him to play professional baseball.

It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player. Two sources told ESPN that the A's expected Murray to ask for more guaranteed money.

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.

The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. The A's understand the allure of football, which has become clear in recent months as Murray developed from an athletic but slight quarterback to a potential first-round pick.

For that to happen, Murray would be a part of the A's 40-man roster from the start while beginning his minor-league career in the lower levels of the A's system. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely.

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