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A's, MLB meet with Heisman Trophy winner Murray

A's, MLB meet with Heisman Trophy winner Murray

In the meantime, though, Murray has leverage.

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. But what happens after that is where this story truly begins, and may depend on a lot more negotiation and maneuvering, and also on just how the National Football League talent evaluators place him.

Murray is reportedly asking for $15 million to choose baseball or else he'll stick with football, which has more front-end money but pales in comparison to the longevity and potential pay down the line that baseball can offer. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. An MLB rule prevents draftees from signing major-league deals but Murray already signed his minor-league contract in June.

That could be what's happening. Murray also signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics after Oakland took him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft that included a $4.66 million signing bonus, and an agreement that allowed the 21-year-old to return to Norman for his junior season on the gridiron with the Sooners.

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But it seems MLB is equally prepared to consider all options to keep Murray in baseball, a sport that is increasingly desperate to grow star players. That would place Oakland on the clock to promote Murray to the major leagues by 2022 or potentially lose him to another team.

According to USA TODAY Sports, A's brass led by team president Billy Beane did meet with Murray to make their pitch on Sunday.

It did not entirely allay fears over Murray's size.

Kyler Murray wants the Oakland Athletic's to show him the money.