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How Kyler Murray's NFL decision will affect his A's contract, bonus

How Kyler Murray's NFL decision will affect his A's contract, bonus

If you're waiting on the A's to get a draft pick after Kyler Murray's decision to pursue an NFL career, don't hold your breath. 

The A's will not receive a compensatory pick in light of the Heisman Trophy winner's announcement, but they will retain his rights, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Monday. They reportedly will get back most of Murray's signing bonus, too.

Murray reportedly received a $4.66 million bonus when he signed with the A's last June. Oakland selected the Oklahoma Sooner with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and envisioned him becoming a future fixture in their outfield. 

Those dreams will be put on hold, as Murray is expected to be a first-round pick in April's NFL draft. But since they will retain his rights, the A's say they're still keeping that possibility in mind if Murray ultimately chooses to return to baseball.

"We've known from the tone of our conversations that he could choose the NFL," A's general manager David Forst told reporters in Arizona on Monday. "We'll focus on what we need to do if he comes back to baseball at some point, and he'll come back with the A's."

But with spring training getting underway, the A's surely would much rather be asking "how soon" than "what if" about the 21-year-old.

LeBron James speaks out on Rob Manfred's handling of Astros scandal

LeBron James speaks out on Rob Manfred's handling of Astros scandal

The way MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has handled the Astros' cheating scandal left many fans, and players, outraged.

Angels superstar Mike Trout, who isn't one to be controversial or outspoken, said he didn't agree with the lack of punishment toward members of the 2017 Astros team. And on the other side of the country, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge admitted to taking down a photo he shared with Astros second baseman Jose Altuve because he didn't feel it held any meaning anymore. 

The latest athlete to have a say in what's going on in the world of baseball? LeBron James.

Yes, he doesn't play baseball, but the NBA superstar and global icon took to Twitter on Tuesday to make his opinion known.

The extra-long hashtag alone truly shows how the 16-time All-Star and four-time MVP feels on the subject.

At the end of the day, they're all playing sports, and King James wants something to change as well. He explained if he were to go through something similar in the basketball world, he would be just as upset as the rest of the MLB players have shown.

Manfred spoke to the media earlier on Tuesday and addressed the Astros' wrongdoing during that 2017 World Series run.

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He complimented A's pitcher Miker Fiers, the "whistleblower" who shed light on the subject back in November. Manfred said Fiers "did a service" for the industry by going on the record, noting that it would have taken longer to clean up the mess this has caused without Fiers coming forward.

The players will continue to be angry if more is not done on the issue.

The ball remains in Manfred's court. 

Rob Manfred working to protect A's pitcher Mike Fiers from retaliation

Rob Manfred working to protect A's pitcher Mike Fiers from retaliation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A’s starting pitcher Mike Fiers played a huge role in exposing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. He provided firsthand knowledge and evidence of wrongdoing by the Astros and put his name behind it.

Some believe his actions as a whistleblower were just and appropriate helping clean up major league baseball.

Others disagree. Fiers has received heavy flak for his role shedding light on cheating in baseball, from those in the industry and fans watching this scandal unfold. That’s especially true among the Astros fanbase, which has made him a public enemy for bringing this to light.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was asked in a Tuesday press conference about the criticism and flak pointed his way, and said the league will make sure he is safe and protected whenever he is pitching and when the A’s are on the road playing in an environment hostile to Fiers.

“We will take every possible step to protect Mike Fiers wherever he is playing,” Manfred said, “whether it’s in Houston or somewhere else.”

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Manfred continued his comments, offering unprompted praise for Fiers’ role as a whistleblower.

“I want to be really clear about this,” Manfred said. “Mike, who I do not know, did the industry a service. I do believe that we will be a better institution when we emerge at the end of this episode, without a Mike Fiers, we would probably have a very difficult time cleaning this up. It would’ve taken longer. We would’ve done it eventually, but it would’ve taken a lot longer. I have a real problem with anyone who says Mike did anything other than the right thing.”