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2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

Whether the A's are willing to give Murray a major league deal or meet his financial demands remained unclear after the meeting.

The Oakland Athletics - led by president Billy Beane - are meeting with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the National Football League and play professional baseball, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.

The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training.

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Top A's executives, a marketing executive from MLB and others met Sunday afternoon with Murray in Dallas, sources told ESPN, to better understand what it would take for Murray to forgo a football career and sell him on playing baseball full-time. Murray, who was incredible in leading Oklahoma to the Playoff, already signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's after being drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.

As Passan explains in follow-up tweet, league rules prevent a team from signing a drafted player to an MLB contract straight out of the draft. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.

Major League Baseball clearly understands Murrays' dynamism.

There is, however, no possibility that Murray could play both football and baseball in the same year. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise. The Athletics would still retain his baseball rights if he chose to return to baseball.

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