9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football.
The Oklahoma quarterback has until Monday to declare for the National Football League draft or stick with baseball. The situation could result in a decision with league-wide ramifications, as ESPN.com's Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the A's and Murray can agree to a Major League contract that would guarantee Murray more money for sticking with baseball, Major League Baseball wouldn't object. 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.
Murray, agent Scott Boras and A's reps all met together in Dallas on Sunday to explore a potential deal, according to Slusser.
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. Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system.
According to Mike Leslie, Murray wants $15 million from the A's. He is due into A's camp, where he planned on joining the major league players, by February 15. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.
If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland.
At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, who was listed at 5-10. And the A's now have a choice to make.