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 organization will need to add him to the 40-man roster. Previously, this would have gone against a rule under the new collective bargaining agreement.
However, MLB is reportedly giving the Athletics some leeway to sign him to a new contract given the significance of Murray switching to baseball.
According to Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times, the Athletics could promote Murray to the 40-man roster and give him a major-league contract to serve as a raise. In that case, MLB would not consider it a circumvention of the draft pool system