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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Kyler Murray NFL Draft Declaration Fallout

A’s Coverage: Hall: Kyler Murray declares for NFL Draft... McWilliams: Kyler Murray enters the NFL Draft — what happens now and why the system is pointing him away from baseball... ($) Thompson: You have to respect the A’s at least attempting a power move with their pursuit of Kyler Murray... ($) S.F. Chronicle: Ann Killion, Susan Slusser chosen state’s co-sportswriters of the year... Heyman: A’s among teams interested in Sonny Gray... Rosenbaum: Luzardo leads list of Top 10 LHP...

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Luzardo named MLB's best LHP prospect

Jesus Luzardo headlines our Top 10 LHP list, ranking as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball after a tremendous first full season in which he nearly reached the Major Leagues.

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Kyler Murray Would Be Foolish to Burn Easier NFL Riches for High-Risk MLB Future

Kyler Murray has proved he's no fool. Murray was drafted into Major League Baseball in June by the Oakland Athletics , who selected him as an outfielder with the No. 9 pick and promptly signed him to a $4...

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Kyler Murray declares for NFL Draft, informs A's he's playing football

Kyler Murray declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, which was not surprising given his comments recently and reports he prefers football. On the heels of Murray’s announcement, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Murray ”has informed the Oakland A’s of his intention to follow his heart to the NFL, where many project him to be a first-round pick.” Declaring for the draft does not cause Murray to automatically rule out staying with the Athletics and seeing where things go. All it...

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Alex Hall

Kyler Murray declares for NFL Draft

Murray keeps his options open, but still far from a final decision on which sport to play.

Kyler Murray has officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, according to a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Monday.

Murray was selected by the Oakland A’s in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft and is under contract with the team to play baseball this year. However, his football stock has since increased after a record-setting campaign that culminated in a Heisman Trophy. Now the...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: A’s, MLB Brass Meet with Kyler Murray

A’s Coverage: Slusser: A’s, MLB meet with Kyler Murray, discuss “something creative”... Rosenthal: Other baseball-football standouts aren’t quite comparable to Kyler Murray... ($) Newberg: Oakland seeks to keep Kyler Murray from declaring for the NFL draft. Is Rangers’ history drafting football players a cautionary tale? ($) Killion: Picturing Kyler Murray among elite NFL QBs requires creative thinking... Hall: Oakland A’s settle all but one arbitration case... MLB...

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What should we expect from Ramon Laureano in 2019?

The electric center fielder has high upside, but opposing pitchers are sure to adjust. Among the many surprising performances from last season’s playoff team, the most exciting may have been that of Ramon Laureano. Prior to the season, Laureano wasn’t on most A’s fans radar after a mediocre 2017 minor league campaign. His tools were obvious and Laureano had a great season from the start, eventually breaking in with the big league club and holding down the center field role through the...

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A's working on convincing Kyler Murray to forego NFL Draft

Kyler Murray has until tomorrow to declare his eligibility for the NFL Draft, and a contingent from the A’s front office (including Billy Beane and David Forst) is meeting with the two-sport star and his camp today to try and convince him to remain in the Athletics’ farm system rather than pursue a pro football career.  The situation could result in a unique resolution between the two sides and the league itself, as ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the...

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Why the A's would be crazy to break the bank for Kyler Murray

As the Oakland Athletics meet with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in an effort to try and convince him to not enter the NFL Draft, both sides are discussing a move that could change MLB for years to come. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland is meeting with Murray’s representatives and working to try and sign him to a new contract in an effort to keep him away from the NFL. In order for the Athletics to renegotiate and give Murray a new contract, the...

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Report: MLB would allow A's to give Kyler Murray new deal

The Oakland Athletics met with Kyler Murray on Sunday with hopes of talking him out of entering the NFL Draft. Murray reportedly wanted a restructured deal. It was initially reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN that MLB would be willing to “waive a rule that prevents teams from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players.” But as it turns out, that would not be necessary. The next question would of course be, what would Murray want? Rumors had swirled on Sunday that he wants $15...

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Report: Kyler Murray wants $15 million from A’s to stick with baseball

If Kyler Murray is going to stick with baseball, he’s going to make the Oakland A’s pay. Murray and the A’s are set to meet on Sunday to discuss his professional future. According to Mike Leslie of WFAA, Murray wants $15 million guaranteed from Oakland otherwise he will enter the NFL Draft. The A’s put themselves in this situation by selecting Murray No. 9 overall in the MLB Draft and then letting Murray play football in the fall for Oklahoma. Murray exceeded almost all expectations...

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A's meeting with Kyler Murray, hope to convince him to forego NFL draft

Kyler Murray wants to play football. He’s said as much, and all the recent reports being circulated by NFL insiders indicate he’s strongly leaning toward declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. The Oakland Athletics are taking matters into their own hands to try and dissuade him from taking that course of action. Bog Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports shared Sunday morning that the A’s have a contingent, led by president Billy Beane, meeting with Murray on Sunday. They hope to convince him to...

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Nico

Does Lowrie Signing Give A’s An Opportunity To Zag?

I come today with an idea out of left field. And I mean that literally, even if I don’t explain myself right off the bat. And I don’t mean that literally, as I write this with neither a piece of lumber nor a small mammal at my side.

If Jed Lowrie had been available for 2 years and $20M back when the A’s were making offers, chances are he’d still be in the green and gold. I have to think Lowrie was holding out for 3 years or a higher AAV until finding that his stock was in a bear...

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A’s settle all but one arbitration case

Khris Davis is now the highest-paid player in A’s history. The Oakland A’s entered January with seven players still eligible for salary arbitration. After agreeing to terms with reliever Ryan Buchter on Thursday, they settled with five more players on Friday, the team announced. The only remaining case is for closer Blake Treinen. Here are the most recent arbitration settlements: DH Khris Davis: $16.5 million (Heyman) SS Marcus Semien: $5.9 million (Nightengale) 2B Jurickson Profar: $3.6...

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A's, Davis reportedly agree on $16.5M deal

The A's and MLB home run leader Khris Davis agreed to a one-year, $16.5M deal and avoided arbitration, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

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Athletics, Khris Davis avoid arbitration

Khris Davis and the Athletics have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $16.5M, tweets Jon Heyman of Fancred. Davis had previously been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to receive $18.1M. Davis, 31, is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility before he may enter free agency next winter. Davis enjoyed a career year in 2018, slugging a Major League-leading 48 home runs and serving as a catalyst for a surprising A’s team that won 97 games and earned a trip to...

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Khris Davis, A's settle arbitration at $16.5 million

The Oakland Athletics avoided a potential arbitration hearing with star Khris Davis, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $16.5 million settlement on Friday, per Fancred's Jon Heyman. Davis enjoyed continued success with the Athletics in 2018 as he posted his third consecutive season with 40-plus home runs. This past season also saw Davis set a career high in home runs (48) and RBI (123) while posting a .247 batting average for the fourth consecutive season. This marks the final season Davis...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Murray to Declare for NFL Draft, and Lowrie Signs with Mets

Plus, expect plenty of activity prior to today’s arbitration filing deadline.

A’s Coverage: Slusser: A’s expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft... Frijoles: On Kyler Murray... McWilliams: A’s draft pick Kyler Murray has been choosing football his whole life, so his latest decision shouldn’t be a surprise... ($) Ross: Why Kyler Murray picking the NFL wouldn’t be end of the world for A’s... ESPN: Jed Lowrie agrees to two-year, $20M deal with Mets... Schulman: A’s...

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MLB hot stove: Mets sign infielder Jed Lowrie, report says

Lowrie registered a .267/.353/.448 slash line and made his first All-Star team with the Athletics last season.

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Billy Frijoles

On Kyler Murray

The A’s took a big gamble that looks like it may not pay off, but there’s nothing wrong with that strategy.

Kyler Murray is, at the moment, the most-talked about athlete in American sports. I don’t think there was ever a time an Oakland A could manage that honor. But, as it goes for the A’s, whenever the team gets national press, it always comes with a qualifier. In this case, it’s a big one, as in he might never actually suit up for the organization.

Although I used to be a big...

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