If Kyler Murray is going to stick with baseball, he's going to make the Oakland A's pay.
However, ESPN's Adam Schefter indicates that the electrifying signal caller could be a first or second-round pick in April's NFL Draft.
However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.
Perhaps this news will actually hurt Murray's draft stock.
Several Oakland officials met with Murray in Dallas on Sunday in an attempt to lure him back to the diamond, MLB.com confirmed.
USA Today reported Sunday morning that A's president Billy Beane is leading the contingent to meet with Murray, who, before this season would have been widely panned as too short to be an effective National Football League quarterback. 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. Few people anticipated a Heisman-winning season, however, and that's complicated matters. Instead, he was the most dynamic player in college football. Since Murray is already technically under contract, no league rules would be broken if the A's were to sign him to a Major League contract now and add him to their 40-man roster.
It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player.
At the risk of using a trite phrase, Murray could be playing hardball with the A's.
Murray's contract gave him $4.8 million in bonus money from being taken ninth, which means he's guaranteed to have that coming in, but there's now a near consensus that he will be a late first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.