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Turns out NFL executives aren't sure what Kyler Murray will do either

Turns out NFL executives aren't sure what Kyler Murray will do either

Still don't know where Kyler Murray will end up? 

Us either.

But don't feel bad -- not even NFL personnel executives have an inkling on whether he will be a future baseball or football star.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media reached out to some execs to discuss some of the prospects that will be arriving at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The intriguing ones were mentioned, which meant, of course, they had to discuss the Heisman Award winner.

One executive: "Murray will be the big story. Will he or won't he play football? How does he interview with teams? (His) Super Bowl media interviews were a mess. Overall, I think the QB field is wide open. Will one of them separate from the pack? That's what I'll be following."

Another: "It's a QB league and Murray is an outside the box prospect. Teams are anxious to get to know him. (The Dan Patrick interview last week) confused me. Teams want to find out where he is with baseball. Those conversations will generate a lot of buzz. Also, if he runs and tests, it'll be quite the show. He can fly!"

And another: "It's got to be Murray. We've all been told what he'll measure and run but I want to see it for myself. Also, it will be interesting to see if he's still so wishy-washy when asked about baseball."

Jeremiah isn't too surprised with the fascination behind Murray, and who can blame him?

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It's a very unique situation, but to see there are multiple executives worried about his decision can't be the greatest of news for them, or the A's. But to see prominent people in football using the term "wishy-washy," just adds to everything that already has us scratching our heads. They also weren't the only ones that witnessed that awkward interview.

You can relive that, here:

With all that said, sorry to report -- I have no, new news to give you. But it appears they have just as many questions as baseball fans do. 

A's center fielder Ramón Laureano selected as AL Player of the Week

A's center fielder Ramón Laureano selected as AL Player of the Week

Ramón Laureano had himself a week, and MLB made sure to reward him.

The A's center fielder was named AL Player of the Week for July 15-21, as he hit .542 (13-for-24) with 10 runs, six doubles and two home runs as he led the A's to a 4-2 record during the span.

Laureano reached base in all six games and ranked first among AL players in runs, hits, doubles, extra-base hits and batting average. He ranked second in on-base percentage (.577) and slugging percentage (1.042).

Oh, and he did this as well.

Laureano is the third A's player to win the award in 2019, joining pitcher Mike Fiers (May 12) and shortstop Marcus Semien (June 10) this season.

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On the year, Laureano is slashing .284/.334/.518 with 20 home runs and 53 RBI while playing his usual Gold-Glove caliber defense in center.

Not too shabby.

MLB rumors: A's have inquired on trades for Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor

MLB rumors: A's have inquired on trades for Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor

As the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaches, the A's are right there in the playoff hunt once again. 

Entering Monday, the A's currently are the second AL wild card team and sit just one game behind the Indians for the first slot. While they are 6.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West, there's no reason to completely count them out in the division race, too. 

With their eyes on October, could the A's be in the market to land a big name before the deadline? 

The A's "have inquired" on starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Mike Minor, The Athletic's Jim Bowden reported Monday. Both pitchers are highly likely to be traded, as the Blue Jays and Rangers are expected to be sellers.

Oakland could be a perfect match. 

Though the A's recently acquired Homer Bailey in a trade with the Royals, the team could use more help in their rotation as they lack a true ace. Stroman or Minor would fill that role right away. 

Stroman, 28, earned his first trip to the All-Star Game this year. He's bounced back from a rough 2018 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.249 WHIP in 20 starts this season. 

Minor, 31, also earned his appearance in the Midsummer Classic this season. He boasts a 2.86 ERA and 1.163 WHIP. 

[RELATED: A's get taste of playoff baseball in series split vs. Twins]

Through the first half of the season, the A's have dealt with multiple injuries to their rotation and lost Frankie Montas to an 80-game PED suspension. Help should be on the way in Sean Manaea and A.J. Puk, but this team has seen firsthand how important depth is with their staff. 

Quietly, the A's have positioned themselves for another push for the playoffs. It's time they put their cards on the table and add an ace.