Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

The Oakland Athletics' push to keep Kyler Murray's baseball career alive has included people from Major League Baseball.

Team president Billy Beane is reportedly meeting with Kyler Murray to persuade him not to enter the National Football League draft, according to USA Today.

The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training.

Several Oakland officials met with Murray in Dallas on Sunday in an attempt to lure him back to the diamond, MLB.com confirmed. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team will meet with Murray today to try and convince him to choose baseball.


MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that MLB sent marketing executives to the meeting to outline Murray's potential earnings in a baseball career. A report last week said Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft. 9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football. They are not allowed to sign amateur players to minor league deals, then immediately give them major league deals, because the latter would be an inducement to sign and a circumvention of the league's finite draft pools. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters. The A's are in a tough spot with the possibility of losing Murray entirely.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball.

Murray previously said he meant to play baseball after his collegiate career was over, but he now appears to be waffling between entering the National Football League draft or playing for Oakland this spring.

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