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

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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.

Murray and the A's are looking to reach a new deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

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.

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

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Murray is reportedly asking for $15 million to choose baseball or else he'll stick with football, which has more front-end money but pales in comparison to the longevity and potential pay down the line that baseball can offer.

The chances seem high at this point that Murray, who projects to be one of the first quarterbacks taken, will enter the draft.

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. He is due into A's camp, where he planned on joining the major league players, by February 15. The A's last week said they expected Murray to declare for the NFL Draft by Monday's deadline.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the league will consider allowing Murray to sign a major-league deal, which would allow the A's to exceed the cap that is put on recently-drafted players. And the A's now have a choice to make.