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Kyler Murray NFL draft decision: Comparing money in baseball, football

Kyler Murray NFL draft decision: Comparing money in baseball, football

Baseball money or football money? That is the question.

Compensation surely is another factor Kyler Murray must be wrestling with as he decides whether to play baseball or football professionally.

It might seem trivial -- both will pay him millions! -- but the Heisman Trophy winner assuredly is weighing the compensation structure of both the MLB and the NFL as he decides his future.

Although the two-sport star has declared for the NFL draft, he already has put pen to paper on a $4.66 million signing bonus with the Oakland A’s. Murray reportedly would have to give back most of the money the A's gave him if he were to play professionally in the NFL instead. 

Some have argued that the guaranteed money he’s already agreed to with Oakland would be enough to convince him to stick with baseball and report to MLB spring training in February as the A’s hope.

However, the Oklahoma QB wouldn’t necessarily lose guaranteed money if he chooses football.

In fact, if Murray believes he’ll be a first-round pick in April’s NFL draft -- and there’s reason to believe he could go as high as No. 1 overall -- Murray would earn more money from his NFL signing bonus than the $4.66 million he’s assured with the A’s.

Per Spotrac, first-round picks in the 2018 NFL draft received signing bonuses ranging from $4.97 million (No. 32 pick Lamar Jackson) to $21.85 million (No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield).

So even if Murray was the last pick in the first round, he actually would bank more guaranteed money than he currently has with the A’s.

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

But since NFL contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, Murray could risk leaving lots of cash on the table if he were to be seriously injured or if he didn’t perform up to expectations.

Conversely, if Murray decides to stick with baseball, he keeps the $4.66 million up front … but then has to wait until he makes the major leagues to make more significant money. 

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.

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So while Murray’s signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision.

Does Murray see the green dollar signs of guaranteed contracts in baseball, knowing he’d have to wait years to see most of the cash as he first pays his dues as a minor leaguer? 

Or does he choose the instant fame of being an NFL quarterback, knowing he’ll be more susceptible to injury and the risks that come with non-guaranteed money?

That must be one hefty pro/con list ...

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

During this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s given us an opportunity to give thanks to those who so selflessly have been working hard to ensure the rest of us stay safe. 

For A’s closer Liam Hendriks, he wanted to give a special shoutout to those in the medical field working hard:

 “We, as an Oakland Athletics organization, want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for everything you’re doing, please stay safe,” he said via the A’s Instagram account.

Hendriks personally has felt the devastation the coronavirus has brought upon us as a society. He revealed recently that a friend of his, Conrad Buchanan, died due to COVID-19. Hendriks announced the news on Instagram last week and urged the world to stay home, “not only for your health, but for the sake of others as well.”

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Hendriks also wrote that Buchanan is survived by his wife and daughter.

MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

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MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

We won't have live Oakland A’s baseball for a while. For now, we have to improvise.

One of the ways the league is making sure everyone stays home is by implementing a way to watch MLB The Show 20 in a tournament put on by the players themselves.

In the game, you’re able to create essentially your own legacy in Major League Baseball.

Just like most games based on professional sports, each individual is given an overall rating.

Here are how some of the A’s players fared, out of a possible best score of 100:

3B Matt Chapman: 92
Closer Liam Hendriks: 88
1B Matt Olson: 86
SS Marcus Semien: 85
CF Ramón Laureano: 83
RP Joakim Soria: 83
SP Sean Manaea: 81
RP Yusmeiro Petit: 81
RP J.B. Wendelken: 78
P Frankie Montas: 76

You can see the rest of the A’s numbers, as well as other players across the league, in this video:

For Matt Chapman, he’s unsurprisingly one of the best third basemen in the game according to The Show’s player ratings -- No. 4 in that category to be specific. Right behind Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, who was rated a 95. 

Nolan Arenado leads the hot corner with a 99 overall rating. Chappy earlier this year told NBC Sports California where he believed he ranked compared to Arenado, Bregman and even Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed by the Angels in the offseason, which only beefed up the AL West at that position.

Last season, Chappy put up solid numbers earning his first All-Star selection and his second, and consecutive Gold and Platinum Glove Awards. He hit 36 home runs and slashed .249/.342/.506 with 91 RBI.

For Liam Hendriks, who was rated the second-highest on the team, he was the third-highest among closers, with Kirby Yates leading the category.

Last season, Hendriks was sensational with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP in 85 innings. He also earned the first All-Star selection of his career.

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Marcus Semien also earned high marks with his 85 rating. He was tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Not a bad group to be associated with.

The ratings at shortstop had a lot to do with fielding abilities. Despite the shift in power we get to see among middle infielders, the glove was a highlight here -- but the bats were all but ignored. Semien has improved drastically over the last couple of seasons with both his glove and offensive game. He was appreciated here.

Angels star Mike Trout also received a 99 rating, which goes to show who the rest of the league has to measure up to.