The Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall last summer and gave him a $4.66 million bonus, but allowed him to play football at Oklahoma. Along the way, he became the second straight Oklahoma quarterback, joining Baker Mayfield, to win the Heisman.
MLB rules prohibit players from signing major league contracts, which place players on the 40-man roster, out of the draft.
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. It's a high risk game for a National Football League franchise to use an early pick on Murray and invest in him only to have him stay with the Athletics.
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Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and global spending allotment.
We should know more about Murray's final decision soon.
Should Oakland decide to pursue a major league deal with Murray, it could guarantee him an additional signing bonus while allowing him to remain in the minor leagues to gain reps in center field. Murray would then be out of options after 2022 and would be subject to waivers to stay in the minors. Mike Florio brought up the possibility of a team drafting Murray in the range that would pay him the desired $15 million and the A's coming in to match it.
However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.