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Kyler Murray's NFL contract worth nearly $16.6M more than A's offer

Kyler Murray's NFL contract worth nearly $16.6M more than A's offer

Kyler Murray made the right decision. At least in terms of his bank account. 

The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft signed his rookie contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, and it's quite the paycheck. Murray signed a fully-guaranteed four-year, $35,158,645 million contract with a signing bonus over $23 million. 

That's a whole lot more than he would have made right away had he chosen baseball over football.

Murray signed a $4.6 million signing bonus after the A's selected him with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Before he spurned Oakland for a football career, the team offered him $14 million guaranteed in addition to the signing bonus, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reported in early April.

A source told ProFootballTalk on Thursday that the quarterback's rookie contract states any baseball would void future guarantees. The same happened to current Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston when he was taken with the top pick in the 2015 draft. 

Winston was a pitcher at Florida State while the A's drafted Murray as an outfielder coming out of the University of Oklahoma.

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Murray chose to avoid pass-rushers instead of trying his hand at hitting curveballs. No matter how that decision ends up, he has more money in the bank right away.

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.