Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

According to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball would allow the A's to give Murray a major league contract. Since Murray is already technically under contract, no league rules would be broken if the A's were to sign him to a Major League contract now and add him to their 40-man roster.

Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and global spending allotment.

The summit comes a day before the deadline to declare for the National Football League draft, which the A's believe Murray plans to do. Mike Leslie of Dallas' WFAA said Murray was asking for $15 million - over three times what his original signing bonus was - to keep playing baseball. Getting him to play baseball over football would be a coup for the league considering he'd need a couple of years in the minors before he reaches the majors.

The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training. The NFL combine begins February 26. The A's understand the allure of football, which has become clear in recent months as Murray developed from an athletic but slight quarterback to a potential first-round pick. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. 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.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland. And the A's now have a choice to make.