Kyler Murray is about to Create an NFL-MLB Bidding War

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A report last week said the Athletics believe he will declare for the draft Sunday.

A contingent led by Oakland A's team president Billy Beane will meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray on Sunday in hopes of getting him to skip the 2019 National Football League draft, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Murray previously said he meant to play baseball after his collegiate career was over, but he now appears to be waffling between entering the National Football League draft or playing for Oakland this spring.

According to multiple reports, Murray is asking for a significant increase in guaranteed money from Oakland - as he should, given he has incredible leverage right now - although the number is in flux. Murray, a junior, could be a first-round pick if he wants to go into the National Football League draft. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June. Mike Florio brought up the possibility of a team drafting Murray in the range that would pay him the desired $15 million and the A's coming in to match it.

When considering his future earning potential, that's when it gets tricky.

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Kyler Murray wants the Oakland Athletic's to show him the money. If Murray turns into a star quarterback, or even a serviceable one, he'll be heavily compensated for the rest of his career (see: Bay Area quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr, who both signed contracts worth more than $70 million in guaranteed money, per Spotrac).

At the risk of using a trite phrase, Murray could be playing hardball with the A's.

Once Murray makes the majors, he then would have to wait another six-plus years to hit free agency before a monster eight- or nine-figure contract could be waiting for him. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.

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.

More analysis to come....

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