Part of the deal was allowing Murray to play one more season of college football - in which he put up historic numbers for the University of Oklahoma and won the Heisman. 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 a report from MLB.com, the league sent marketing executives to a meeting between the A's and Murray on Sunday.
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.More news: Jayme Closs' family wonders why suspected kidnapper targeted her
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Major League Baseball clearly understands Murrays' dynamism.
The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training. Mike Leslie of WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Murray was demanding $15 million to play baseball. While it's totally understandable for Murray to use that leverage to get more money, it's unclear if the A's could even pay Murray more if they wanted to.
If Murray were to head to the National Football League, he would have to repay the bonus to the Athletics. While a decision on baseball vs. football is not expected Sunday, according to sources, Murray's football prospects seemingly have grown strong enough to compel Oakland to re-recruit the 21-year-old. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.