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Friday, September 20, 2019

A’s reportedly will continue to pursue Kyler Murray despite football decision

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray’s statement released on Monday will not stop the Oakland A’s from continuing to pursue the two-sport star.

Murray announced on Monday that he is committing fully to a future playing football. He is expected to attend the NFL Combine to be evaluated ahead of the draft.

Though Murray — a likely first-round pick — is declaring his choice to pursue football, the A’s will not be deterred.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says Oakland remains motivated to continue trying to get Murray to play baseball. He says the team always told Murray that they are open to him attending the draft and combine to gather as much information as possible. Rosenthal also points out that the A’s can offer Murray a big league contract and top whatever financial offer an NFL team gives him.

Oakland will not receive a compensation pick even if Murray chooses another sport because the Heisman Trophy winner already signed his minor league deal, and compensation picks only go to teams unable to sign their first-round pick. The A’s may be motivated to continue pursuing Murray, but absent a pro football career that fizzles out, it does not seem like Kyler will be switching sports.

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