Major League Baseball sent marketing executives to meeting with Kyler Murray

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It's a high risk game for a National Football League franchise to use an early pick on Murray and invest in him only to have him stay with the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics can sign Kyler Murray to a major league deal and offer him significant guaranteed money to choose baseball over football without running afoul of Major League Baseball rules, league sources told ESPN, the latest twist in a sport-vs. -sport battle for the Heisman Trophy victor that's expected to be resolved in the coming days. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting.

However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.

Several Oakland officials met with Murray in Dallas on Sunday in an attempt to lure him back to the diamond, MLB.com confirmed. The most recent reports regarding Murray's decision were that he was leaning towards a football career, and planning to declare for the NFL Draft.

So even if Murray was the last pick in the first round, he actually would bank more guaranteed money than he now has with the A's.

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Murray was taken by the A's with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft and then went on to play his final season of college football with Oklahoma. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters.

If an agreement is reached, Murray will have four minor-league option years instead of the usual three, Morosi adds.

The Chronicle source said National Football League teams would not want Murray to play baseball because of the steeper learning curve for a rookie quarterback and the everyday demands of the position.

That would be taking special treatment to a new level, but MLB thinks that highly of Murray and wants him in baseball.

At the risk of using a trite phrase, Murray could be playing hardball with the A's.

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