Major League Baseball bending rules for Kyler Murray, Oakland Athletics to reach deal

A's outfield depth can withstand potential loss of Kyler Murray to NFL

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In addition, MLB sent marketing executives from the league office to attend the meeting and present information regarding Murray's off-field earning potential, sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. A report last week said Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft.

The Oklahoma quarterback has until Monday to declare for the National Football League draft or stick with baseball. 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. They are not allowed to sign amateur players to minor league deals, then immediately give them major league deals, because the latter would be an inducement to sign and a circumvention of the league's finite draft pools.

According to multiple reports, Murray is asking for a significant increase in guaranteed money from Oakland - as he should, given he has incredible leverage right now - although the number is in flux. He'd signed with the Oakland A's as their first-round pick in June's baseball draft (ninth overall), agreeing to a $4.66 million bonus that came with the stipulation that the A's would not stand in the way of him playing football in 2018.

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While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. The NFL combine begins February 26. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. Murray would have four options, meaning he would need to join the A's full-time at latest by the 2022 season, though Oakland intends to aggressively promote Murray.

Clearly, he wants National Football League first round money to stick with baseball.

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