Athletics

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Kyler Murray reportedly wants a lot more than $4.66 million to play baseball instead of football professionally. 

Mike Leslie of WFAA in Dallas reported Sunday that Murray is asking the A's for $15 million. 

However, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that number is inaccurate. 

Upping his earnings would take an unprecedented contract in a complex direction. Murray met with the A's on Sunday to talk about his future, one day before the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma has to declare for the NFL draft. 

The A's were allotted just $9,553,200 in the 2018 MLB Draft. They signed Murray, the No. 9 overall pick, to a $4.66 million signing bonus, meaning he would have to be given a guaranteed major league contract by Oakland to receive more money.

 

But it appears the league really wants Murray to play baseball. According to multiple reports, MLB sent marketing executives to Sunday's meeting to show Murray the kind of money he could make off the field as well as on it.

It's clear the A's aren't the only people who want Murray to play baseball. The game as a whole knows how important he could be to the sport.

The A's made a huge gamble when they selected the two-sport star with such a high draft pick. They'll soon know just how risky it was.