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Kyler Murray's father might have affected decision with his baseball history

Kyler Murray's father might have affected decision with his baseball history

Kyler Murray announced on his Twitter account Monday that he is "fully committing" to pursuing an NFL career.

That being said, the A's appear to be nothing but a quick chapter in the two-sport athlete's book of life. But it's not a story that's new to him -- it's a story his dad lived through before, and it wasn't pretty.

In 1982, 18-year-old Kevin Murray was having a rough season in rookie ball. He was batting just .161 in a homerless campaign and, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, young Murray was "miserable." Despite receiving a $35,000 bonus from the Brewers as an 11th-round draft pick, he wanted to play football. That didn't sit well with the Brewers, who sought a federal injunction to prevent that from happening.

Murray won his case, then joined Texas A&M, where he played football for three seasons, setting a single-season record for passing yards and winning 25 games. However, when he entered the NFL draft in 1987, he didn't hear his name called.

Passan's article highlights the fact that this situation already was in the Murray family history. They've been through a similar storyline that involved both leagues to a certain extent. Murray's uncle, Calvin, also spent some time playing in the majors and now is employed by his nephew's agent, Scott Boras.

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Needless to say, Kyler Murray had plenty of people in his corner that had things to say in regard to his future.

But he's made his decision.

A's sign free-agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to one-year contract

A's sign free-agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to one-year contract

Spring training is here and the A's are adding to their depth in the outfield. 

The A's have officially signed outfielder Robbie Grossman, the team announced on Friday. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the news on Wednesday.

Grossman, 29, hit .273 with a .751 OPS last season for the Twins. He was also worth 1.5 bWAR. 

[RELATED: Brett Anderson re-signs with A's on one-year contract]

The switch-hitter also brings versatility on defense. Grossman has experience at all three outfield positions. In 2018, he played 52 games in right field, 34 in left field and served as the DH 36 times. 

A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

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A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

At the rate they're going, the Marlins might not be able to field a team on Opening Day.

Last week, Miami traded talented young catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, continuing their seemingly never-ending fire sale. As ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, the Marlins have now traded 23 of their top 25 players in franchise history, based on WAR.

With Miami clearly tanking this year, there might be an opportunity for the A's to add some talent before the season starts. CBS Sports' R.J. Anderson listed nine players who could soon be shipped off by the Marlins. We've selected two the A's should target:

José Ureña - SP

José Ureña would have a chance to be the A's number one or two starter. The 27-year-old right-hander is coming off a solid 2018 season with the Marlins, going 9-12 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 174 innings.

Ureña was even better in 2017, finishing 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA. He has always had great stuff but has struggled a bit with his command. Getting out of Miami would probably serve him well, and what better place to pitch than the Oakland Coliseum?

Ureña will earn just $3.2 million this season and is under team arbitration control through 2021, making him even more attractive to a team like the A's. With Oakland's wealth of outfielders and prospects, a trade for Ureña wouldn't be unrealistic.

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Dan Straily - SP

Dan Straily is another starter who could help solidify the A's rotation. The veteran right-hander began his career in Oakland, spending three seasons with the A's from 2012-14.

Last year, Straily went 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 122 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old has a career ERA of 4.23 in seven Major League seasons.

Straily is scheduled to make $5 million this season and has one more year of arbitration control. He could potentially slot in as the A's number three or four starter and likely wouldn't cost a whole lot to acquire.