A’s “caught off-guard” by timing of Kyler Murray’s announcement

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The Oakland A’s knew that Kyler Murray could choose to play football. The A’s didn’t expect the decision to come so quickly.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the A’s were “caught . . . off-guard” by the timing of Murray’s announcement.

According to Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today, A’s G.M. Billy Beane addressed Murray’s status earlier on Monday, before Murray made his announcement on social media.

Things have certainly changed since the [2018 baseball] draft, given his amazing football season,” Beane said. “It’s based on a historic college football season this young man had. To not recognize that would be somewhat foolish. . . . He’s a Heisman Trophy winner. He’s projected to be an early pick. We’ve had ongoing conversations as it relates to the conversation and to Kyler’s future. Period. Not just with baseball but potentially with other sports.”

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, Murray will repay $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he previously received in the form of a signing bonus from the A’s. Murray forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, and the A’s will continue to hold his rights.

That last part is significant. No matter what Murray says about being all-in with football, he continues to have an escape hatch to baseball, if he’s not drafted high enough or if he’s drafted by a team for which he doesn’t want to play. Murray made it clear during a visit to PFT Live before the Super Bowl that he won’t use the threat of playing baseball as leverage to be drafted at a certain level or by a certain team or teams. However, nothing prevents him from deciding after the dust settles that, while he’s committed to football, football apparently isn’t committed to him.

30 responses to “A’s “caught off-guard” by timing of Kyler Murray’s announcement

  1. They know the game, this is just a PR statement. They knew the risk when they used the pick. Said since November it will all come down to where he gets drafted and the guaranteed money.

  2. “Murray will repay $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he previously received in the form of a signing bonus from the A’s.”

    Out of curiosity, what about the remaining $210,000 of the signing bonus? Has he done anything for the A’s that would account for that (ie training camp, promotional ads, team appearances, etc)?

  3. nightofthehipple says: “I question his level of commitment and would absolutely not waste a draft pick on him.”

    He just gave up a $5m signing bonus with nothing guaranteed in the future from baseball…

  4. You’d think he’d have the courtesy to speak with the A’s first but hey, it’s all about him….

  5. kyler learned about loyalty dwight schrute:

    “Look, I’m all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I’m being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly… I’m going wherever they value loyalty the most.”

  6. i thumbs down your comment says:

    Next Bo Jackson

    Bo was a 6’1″ 230lb running back. I wish Murray the best, he’s from my hometown but he’s not going against college defensive ends.

  7. So his out is; if he doesn’t like where he is drafted and by whom he gets out of football to pursue the MLB.But, “I am all in and passionate about football” ! This young man is already a diva and he hasn’t played a down(or inning) Heisman does not always translate into NFL elite. Despite today’ s revelation about football, he still has the caveat emptor tag attached securely. Another Mr Me , the hell with the team, just what the league needs.

  8. I like football a lot better than baseball, but if I was good at both, I would pick the MLB. Less injuries/toll on body, bigger contracts, longer playing career and guaranteed money.

  9. Not a bad plan for the kid, really. He spends a few years in the NFL and cashes in on a what will likely be an NFL 1st round rookie contract, and if he’s not a franchise QB by the end of that contract he can fall back on baseball and save his body the wear and tear down the road.

  10. Kid is making a big mistake not playing baseball. The only good thing is that the teams that pick within the first 12 picks of the draft are going to benefit with a better pick, because some team that needs a QB, will trade up for this kid. Will benefit my team, the Bills and others too.

  11. I once interviewed for a job, was offered the position, and after a lot of thinking I ultimately decided not to take it. Sadly, I did not get $210,000 for this.

  12. yeah, the timing was odd. Sounds like a team in the Top 10 told him, “If you’re there, we’re taking you!”

    Looks like Kyler got the guarantee he wanted and the NFL got their man.

  13. Why so much indecision? Not a good look for a potential QB. Someone recently predicted the Patriots would select him in the 1st round. Belichick does like vertically challenged players but I don’t see NE drafting him unless they’re planning on converting him to a slot receiver and def not in the 1st round.

  14. If Murray gets drafted in a position that pays him less than the A’s offered, he will have a change of heart and go play baseball.

  15. “he won’t use the threat of playing baseball as leverage to be drafted at a certain level or by a certain team”


    So he’s planning to pull an Eli?

  16. The slimey nature of this player has me wanting him to be a complete failure in any sport he finally decides to play. He likely also likes to play with dolls.

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