Major League Baseball sent marketing executives to meeting with Kyler Murray

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

The Oakland Athletics are not going down without a fight.

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.

Should Murray go the National Football League route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Several Oakland officials met with Murray in Dallas on Sunday in an attempt to lure him back to the diamond, MLB.com confirmed.

Murray and the A's are set to meet on Sunday to discuss his professional future.

Murray agreed to a minor league deal with a $4.66 million signing bonus after Oakland took him with the ninth pick in the 2018 draft. Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system.

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The deadline for Murray to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft is Monday.

It did not entirely allay fears over Murray's size. Instead, he was the most dynamic player in college football.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball. And it would reportedly be willing to waive a rule to keep him from heading to the NFL.

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

The eye-popping news comes in the wake of reports from earlier today from WFAA's Mike Leslie, who heard from a source that Murray wanted $15MM in new money to forego the National Football League for the Athletics.

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