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Declaring for the draft would not necessarily prevent him from starting his baseball career. He'd signed with the Oakland A's as their first-round pick in June's baseball draft (ninth overall), agreeing to a $4.66 million bonus that came with the stipulation that the A's would not stand in the way of him playing football in 2018.

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. The A's had a total spending pool of $9,553,200 for 2018. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent. Normally draft picks receive a minor league contract in which the money is non-guaranteed beyond a signing bonus.

That could be what's happening.

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.

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One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals. Kitchens was a condition of employment for Browns candidates, or at least McCarthy, and they may have dodged a bullet.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale - Oakland A's president Billy Beane and an assortment of other people plan to meet with the Heisman trophy victor in an effort to dissuade him from going to the National Football League and play for them instead.

For that to happen, Murray would be a part of the A's 40-man roster from the start while beginning his minor-league career in the lower levels of the A's system.

Murray and the A's are set to meet on Sunday to discuss his professional future. Had Murray had an ordinary season it's entirely possible that he's heading to spring training in February with relatively little fanfare. While a decision on baseball vs. football is not expected Sunday, according to sources, Murray's football prospects seemingly have grown strong enough to compel Oakland to re-recruit the 21-year-old.


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