The deadline to declare for the draft is Monday. In Murray's case, because he signed a minor league deal, and because his performance at Oklahoma changed the circumstances of his baseball career, Oakland would be within the rules to give Murray a long-term extension if that's what it takes to keep him in baseball, sources tell ESPN.
If Kyler Murray is going to stick with baseball, he's going to make the Oakland A's pay.
While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. With multiple teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real.
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Several Oakland officials met with Murray in Dallas on Sunday in an attempt to lure him back to the diamond, MLB.com confirmed. Murray reportedly would have to give back most of the money the A's gave him if he were to play professionally in the National Football League instead. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives.
So even if Murray was the last pick in the first round, he actually would bank more guaranteed money than he now has with the A's. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters. Either way, it seems Murray is about to run into a bunch of money whether he opts for a career in baseball or football.
But since National Football League contracts aren't fully guaranteed, Murray could risk leaving lots of cash on the table if he were to be seriously injured or if he didn't perform up to expectations. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise.