The 2019 National Football League draft declaration deadline is Monday.
The Athletics are looking to keep their top draft pick in the baseball realm.
According to reports Sunday, team officials from Oakland were set to meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of convincing the quarterback/outfielder he should choose baseball over football. While it's totally understandable for Murray to use that leverage to get more money, it's unclear if the A's could even pay Murray more if they wanted to. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting.
MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that MLB sent marketing executives to the meeting to outline Murray's potential earnings in a baseball career. As Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter link), Major League Baseball wouldn't believe that Murray and the A's were in violation of the draft pool system with this new contract unless the league felt such a handshake agreement for more money was made last summer, before Murray was originally signed. Murray, who was incredible in leading Oklahoma to the Playoff, already signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's after being drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.
The Chronicle source said National Football League teams would not want Murray to play baseball because of the steeper learning curve for a rookie quarterback and the everyday demands of the position.
Compensation surely is another factor Kyler Murray must be wrestling with as he decides whether to play baseball or football professionally.
Back in December, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said whichever sport Murray plays was a win-win.