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Kyler Murray reaffirms commitment to baseball

LAS VEGAS — Kyler Murray’s future was once again the subject du jour Wednesday, and the two-sport star offered a shred of clarity to his much talked about plans.

Murray’s agent, Scott Boras, had been adamant in recent weeks that his client, Oakland’s top Draft pick this year and college football’s Heisman Trophy winner, will forego a future in football in favor of honoring his contract with the A’s.

LAS VEGAS — Kyler Murray’s future was once again the subject du jour Wednesday, and the two-sport star offered a shred of clarity to his much talked about plans.

Murray’s agent, Scott Boras, had been adamant in recent weeks that his client, Oakland’s top Draft pick this year and college football’s Heisman Trophy winner, will forego a future in football in favor of honoring his contract with the A’s.

But when flanked by hundreds of media members while propped in front of a ceiling-scraping Christmas tree at the Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Wednesday, Boras’ tone softened.

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“When you win the Heisman Trophy, you are going to have a lot of information come to you and be looked at,” Boras said. “All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player. He knows that, and I think that opportunity is already in place. He has every intention to be in Spring Training and advance that interest.”

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All the while, Murray told reporters elsewhere, “As of right now, I’m going to play baseball. That’s about it.”

At no other time has he sounded so sure of himself. Just last week, he was on the record saying, “I think that’s something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me.”

Murray has made it known he’d like to play both sports if possible, but Boras demurred when asked about the idea Wednesday.

“He is under contract to the Oakland A’s,” he said. “I’m not sure he has any bars on his helmet.”

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Should Murray, a quarterback in pursuit of a national championship with Oklahoma, opt to enter the NFL Draft, he’d be forced to relinquish the $4.66 million signing bonus he received from the A’s.

To this point, A’s officials have refrained from commenting on the matter. A’s general manager David Forst took the same approach Wednesday, and when specifically asked about the prospect of Murray attempting careers in MLB and the NLF, he said, “It’s not something we’ve talked to Scott about. It’s certainly not something we’ve talked to Kyler about. We are still confident that he will be playing baseball in February and beyond.”

All’s quiet
A day after acquiring catching depth in the form of Chris Herrmann, Forst said he didn’t anticipate any more moves ahead of his departure from Las Vegas on Thursday. The A’s have been plenty productive behind closed doors, however, laying the groundwork for looming transactions. They still seek several arms, a second baseman and perhaps another catcher.

“Certainly there’s an energy and a momentum here, but this is not a decision-making environment,” Forst said. “You also want to maybe get out, look at what you’ve done in the light of day and make sure it’s the right thing.”

The Rule 5 Draft will cap the Winter Meetings on Thursday, and the A’s have the flexibility to be active, with three spots open on their 40-man roster. That doesn’t guarantee they will be, though.

Forst said they are “considering” a selection, but must keep in consideration future moves that will require roster room. More importantly, the A’s stand to lose a former first-rounder after opting to leave infield prospect Richie Martin unprotected.

Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.


Source : MLB

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