The Oakland #Athletics have a contingent, led by president Billy Beane, meeting today with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the #NFL and play baseball for them. Either way, it seems Murray is about to run into a bunch of money whether he opts for a career in baseball or football. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise. 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. The A's last week said they expected Murray to declare for the NFL Draft by Monday's deadline.
Per Spotrac, first-round picks in the 2018 National Football League draft received signing bonuses ranging from $4.97 million (No. 32 pick Lamar Jackson) to $21.85 million (No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield).
When considering his future earning potential, that's when it gets tricky. 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.
But since National Football League contracts aren't fully guaranteed, Murray could risk leaving lots of cash on the table if he were to be seriously injured or if he didn't perform up to expectations.
Things are about to get real wild for Murray, and I can't wait to see what decision he makes tomorrow. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the league will consider allowing Murray to sign a major-league deal, which would allow the A's to exceed the cap that is put on recently-drafted players.
More analysis to come....