MLB Rumors: A's Would Put Kyler Murray on 40-man Roster to Make Him Spurn NFL - NBC Bay Area

MLB Rumors: A's Would Put Kyler Murray on 40-man Roster to Make Him Spurn NFL

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    MLB Rumors: A's Would Put Kyler Murray on 40-man Roster to Make Him Spurn NFL
    Marcus White
    MLB rumors: A's would put Kyler Murray on 40-man roster to make him spurn NFL

    The A's and MLB executives reportedly met with Kyler Murray in Dallas on Sunday, in an effort to convince the two-sport star to choose baseball over a possible NFL career. 

    One thing that was reportedly not discussed? Money, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Although an initial report from WFAA in Dallas claimed Murray would take $15 million to choose baseball over football, Slusser reported Sunday "that the figure is inaccurate and the sides are working on 'something creative,'" citing a source with knowledge of the situation. 

    That creative solution could involve the A's putting Murray on their 40-man roster and signing him to a big-league contract, which would ensure he is paid more than the $4.66 million signing bonus he received in June as the No. 9 pick in the MLB draft. Such a move would require approval from MLB, in order to ensure that Murray and the A's did not reach an agreement on a major-league deal before he was drafted. 

    The A's reportedly expected Murray to test the NFL waters and declare for the draft on Monday, but still thought he would report to spring training as of Thursday. Murray will decide his NFL future on Monday, when he must declare for the draft no later than 9 p.m. PT. 

    In other words, this saga is just getting started. 

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