The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman. 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. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.
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.
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The more interesting deadline is February 15 - the day Murray is supposed to report to the A's for the start spring training. The A's understand the allure of football, which has become clear in recent months as Murray developed from an athletic but slight quarterback to a potential first-round pick.
We should know more about Murray's final decision soon.
According to USA TODAY Sports, A's brass led by team president Billy Beane did meet with Murray to make their pitch on Sunday. As Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter link), Major League Baseball wouldn't believe that Murray and the A's were in violation of the draft pool system with this new contract unless the league felt such a handshake agreement for more money was made last summer, before Murray was originally signed. Had Murray had an ordinary season it's entirely possible that he's heading to spring training in February with relatively little fanfare.