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Kyler Murray wants $15 million from A's to stick with baseball

14 January 2019

Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system.

Last week, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when they found out that Kyler Murray would likely forego playing baseball for them and enter his name into the NFL Draft instead.

Some have argued that the guaranteed money he's already agreed to with Oakland would be enough to convince him to stick with baseball and report to MLB spring training in February as the A's hope. The A's are considering offering the Heisman Trophy victor more guaranteed money to honor his baseball deal and not declare for the NFL draft, league sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, NFL teams aren't keen on the idea of sharing their starting quarterback with another league.

Conversely, if Murray decides to stick with baseball, he keeps the $4.66 million up front ... but then has to wait until he makes the major leagues to make more significant money.

We should know more about Murray's final decision soon.

According to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball would allow the A's to give Murray a major league contract. Murray would have four options, meaning he would need to join the A's full-time at latest by the 2022 season, though Oakland intends to aggressively promote Murray.

The football Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in this year's NFL draft and certainly could be hunting for a quarterback in the first round after bypassing Sam Darnold, among others, in 2018. At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, at 5-10.

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

Kyler Murray wants $15 million from A's to stick with baseball