Kyler Murray’s decision to enter the NFL Draft was considered an inevitability just a few days ago, but the A’s are looking to make one final stand.
With the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the draft set for Monday, a group of A’s front office members led by vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane flew to Dallas Sunday for a meeting with the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the A’s are looking to sway Murray towards baseball by offering additional money and a 40-man roster spot. The arrangement would allow Murray an extra fourth minor league option instead of the usual three a player gets before becoming eligible to be placed on waivers. He would be out of options after the 2022 season.
The A’s aren’t alone in Texas, with a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi revealing that MLB marketing executives are also in town as they look to sell Murray on potential avenues for off-the-field revenue.
If Murray does end up declaring for the draft by Monday, the A’s would still hold his rights should the quarterback have a change of heart and return to baseball. Murray would still have to return the nearly-$5 million signing bonus given to him by the club last June.
This has become bigger than just an Oakland A’s thing. Major League Baseball realizes the potential impact of one of the most exciting college football players this decade choosing baseball can have on the sport.
The ball is now in Murray’s court. He’s earned the right to leverage his uber talent in two different sports into the most money possible, now it’s time to make a decision.