A’s meet Murray to sell career in baseball

Kyler Murray and the A’s were scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the dual-athlete’s prospect of entering the NFL Draft, according to multiple reports. Executive vice president Billy Beane will be leading the front office’s representation.

Murray, the club’s ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft who is ranked as its No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, faces a Monday deadline to enter the NFL Draft. The A’s are reportedly OK with Murray entering, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, but there could be contractual hurdles that would preclude his participation in team workouts and the NFL Combine, which takes place on Feb. 26. Slusser reports that MLB would need to approve any alterations to Murray’s deal that would allow him to participate in NFL workouts. The A’s have not announced when they will hold their first full workout for Spring Training, but it will in all likelihood commence in roughly one month.

Kyler Murray and the A’s were scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the dual-athlete’s prospect of entering the NFL Draft, according to multiple reports. Executive vice president Billy Beane will be leading the front office’s representation.

Murray, the club’s ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft who is ranked as its No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, faces a Monday deadline to enter the NFL Draft. The A’s are reportedly OK with Murray entering, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, but there could be contractual hurdles that would preclude his participation in team workouts and the NFL Combine, which takes place on Feb. 26. Slusser reports that MLB would need to approve any alterations to Murray’s deal that would allow him to participate in NFL workouts. The A’s have not announced when they will hold their first full workout for Spring Training, but it will in all likelihood commence in roughly one month.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale report the club will try to convince him to forego the NFL Draft and exclusively play baseball. The Chronicle reported earlier this week that Murray, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner who has been touted as a first-round pick, will only play one or the other “because the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the NFL would preclude him from playing professional baseball.” Murray played both sports at the University of Oklahoma.

Murray signed with the A’s for a $4.66 million bonus in June. He is represented by agent Scott Boras, who has repeatedly said that Murray will honor his MLB commitment.

If Murray decides not to play baseball, he will have to pay back his signing bonus. Additionally, the A’s would not receive a compensation pick in this June’s MLB Draft despite losing Murray to the NFL. Oakland would, however, retain his professional baseball rights should he sign with an NFL team but want to play professional baseball at a later date.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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