Drastic A's step could cost Giants Kyler Murray QB dream

Carrie Guzman
January 14, 2019

And it appears Murray is going to milk the situation for all it is worth, and ask for a major raise, according to WFAA's Mike Leslie.

If Murray declares for the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020 and is a first-round pick he would be the first player to be a first-round pick in both the NFL and MLB drafts.

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.

Compensation surely is another factor Kyler Murray must be wrestling with as he decides whether to play baseball or football professionally.

So even if Murray was the last pick in the first round, he actually would bank more guaranteed money than he now has with the A's.

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The A's gave Murray a $4.66 million signing bonus past year after choosing him with the ninth pick in the draft despite the center fielder's limited baseball experience.

Should Murray go the National Football League route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. From a marketing perspective, Murray could become one of baseball's most visible athletes from day one. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team will meet with Murray today to try and convince him to choose baseball.

At the risk of using a trite phrase, Murray could be playing hardball with the A's.

Things are about to get real wild for Murray, and I can't wait to see what decision he makes tomorrow. Normally draft picks receive a minor league contract in which the money is non-guaranteed beyond a signing bonus.

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