But Murray presents a special case for the A's and Major League Baseball on multiple fronts. It's a high risk game for a National Football League franchise to use an early pick on Murray and invest in him only to have him stay with the Athletics. Until recently, it was expected Murray would report to Arizona this spring to begin his baseball career.
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 doing everything they can, sending their top brass, led by Billy Beane, to meet with him.
The A's have a lot invested in Kyler Murray, seeing as how they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. 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. A report last week said the Athletics believe he will declare for the draft Sunday.
While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.
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Instead of this meeting clearing things up, it instead raised even more questions. Either way, it seems Murray is about to run into a bunch of money whether he opts for a career in baseball or football.
It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player.
At the risk of using a trite phrase, Murray could be playing hardball with the A's.
Murray previously said he meant to play baseball after his collegiate career was over, but he now appears to be waffling between entering the National Football League draft or playing for Oakland this spring.