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Kyler Murray reportedly will not play both baseball and football in 2019

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Kyler Murray reportedly will not play both baseball and football in 2019

We're back again with the latest Kyler Murray update.

A's fans everywhere only have to endure the "what if's" until Monday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. PT at the latest -- that's the deadline for underclassmen football players to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. 

What will it be: baseball, football, or both?

Despite a previous rumor that there "were rumblings" Murray would play both baseball and football next season, it's reportedly not going to happen.

Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of The Chronicle reported Wednesday that a source with knowledge of the situation said Murray "will have to pick one sport because the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the NFL would preclude him from playing professional baseball."

Well, duh.

Beyond the fact that he will be even more susceptible to injury if he were to choose both sports, he will also have to train himself to adjust quickly to baseball and football each season.

Yes, we know -- this has been done before, but the demands of playing quarterback and adjusting to big league pitching in 2019 are likely too much for any one person to handle.

A source also told The Chronicle that "should Murray stick with his original intent to play baseball, he has been invited to A's big-league camp this spring."

Although the Heisman Trophy winner has contractual obligations with the green and gold, the thought of being a starting NFL quarterback must be pretty alluring. 

So which sport will it be? 

Murray's agent, Scott Boras has said multiple times, he will play baseball.

But talk of Murray entering the NFL draft instead is "heating up."

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said recently if quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson of the Ravens can be drafted in the first round, why can't Murray?

He could be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, but that's not as guaranteed as the $4.66 million signing bonus he already received from the A's.

So now, the wait continues. But it's finally becoming real as the final days for him to make a decision are on the horizon. 

MLB rumors: Mike Trout, Angels nearing record $430M contract extension

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MLB rumors: Mike Trout, Angels nearing record $430M contract extension

The A's are going to have to deal with Mike Trout in the American League West for a long, long time. 

Trout and the Angels are nearing a record-breaking 12-year, $430 million contract extension as reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan. The new deal would easily become the largest in professional sports history. 

The 27-year-old was set to be a free agent in 2020. He could have created a super team with Bryce Harper on the Phillies, the team he grew up rooting for. Or maybe all the money the Giants threw at Harper could have gone to Trout, and then some. 

That can no longer be the case. 

Once Harper signed his 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, the Angels couldn't waste any time. There have always been connections to Trout and the Phillies, and Harper didn't hold back in telling the world he would recruit the star center fielder to Philadelphia. 

Instead, Trout will continue to play for the team he's put together arguably the greatest start to a career in MLB history. The two-time AL MVP has a .307/..416/.573 slash line over his eight-year career with 240 home runs. 

Since 2012, when Trout won the AL Rookie of the Year and was the MVP runner-up, he has averaged 34 home runs and 26 stolen bases. His 64.3 bWAR is the most ever through an age-26 season. 

Though he was probably never going to join the A's, the team can't be happy to see Trout in the AL West for so many years to come. Since joining the big leagues, he's been an unstoppable force against Oakland.

Trout is batting .310 with 30 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 124 career games against the A's.

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In an offseason where baseball stars are on the move finding new homes, Trout will have a halo and a heavy wallet for more than the next decade.

Watch Khris Davis' three-run ninth-inning home run give A's tie in Japan

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Watch Khris Davis' three-run ninth-inning home run give A's tie in Japan

Bob Melvin has seen this before. Even in Japan, Khris Davis is clutch.

With two outs and the A's down 6-3 in the ninth inning, Davis smashed a three-run homer over the left field wall to tie it up at 6-6 at the Tokyo Dome. The exhibition against the Nippon Ham-Fighters prevents extra innings and ended in a tie. 

"I literally said, 'I've seen this happen before,'" A's manager Melvin said to reporters after the game. 

The tie ended the A's exhibition series against the Fighters before their Opening Series games start against the Mariners. Oakland won the first exhibition, 5-1.

Davis was the hero, but Matt Chapman was the A's best player once again in the tie. Chapman went 2-for-2 with a walk, and went 5-for-5 in the two exhibition games. 

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The A's first run of the game came off in the second inning. Stephen Piscotty smashed a solo shot to left field to give Oakland an early lead. 

Brett Anderson started on the hill where he allowed two unearned runs while striking out four. Shortstop Marcus Semien committed two errors on the day. 

The A's open the regular season against the Mariners in Tokyo on Wednesday morning at 2:35 a.m. PT.