Murray's contract gave him $4.8 million in bonus money from being taken ninth, which means he's guaranteed to have that coming in, but there's now a near consensus that he will be a late first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
But it seems MLB is equally prepared to consider all options to keep Murray in baseball, a sport that is increasingly desperate to grow star players.
The Oakland A's took Kyler Murray at No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft with the idea that the Oklahoma quarterback would leave football behind and turn his focus to the diamond. Along the way, he became the second straight Oklahoma quarterback, joining Baker Mayfield, to win the Heisman.
Kyler Murray wants the Oakland Athletic's to show him the money. That would place Oakland on the clock to promote Murray to the major leagues by 2022 or potentially lose him to another team. 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. 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. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting.
Per Spotrac, first-round picks in the 2018 National Football League draft received signing bonuses ranging from $4.97 million (No. 32 pick Lamar Jackson) to $21.85 million (No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield).
In fact, if Murray believes he'll be a first-round pick in April's National Football League draft - and there's reason to believe he could go as high as No. 1 overall - Murray would earn more money from his National Football League signing bonus than the $4.66 million he's assured with the A's. And the A's now have a choice to make.