As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, NFL teams aren't keen on the idea of sharing their starting quarterback with another league.
Murray previously said he meant to play baseball after his collegiate career was over, but he now appears to be waffling between entering the National Football League draft or playing for Oakland this spring. 9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football.
That would be taking special treatment to a new level, but MLB thinks that highly of Murray and wants him in baseball. The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman. They are not allowed to sign amateur players to minor league deals, then immediately give them major league deals, because the latter would be an inducement to sign and a circumvention of the league's finite draft pools.
It shows how desperate both the league and the A's are to keep Murray as a baseball player. The situation could result in a decision with league-wide ramifications, as ESPN.com's Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the A's and Murray can agree to a Major League contract that would guarantee Murray more money for sticking with baseball, Major League Baseball wouldn't object.
Oakland would have to add Murray to the 40-man roster to make such changes. The A's understand the allure of football, which has become clear in recent months as Murray developed from an athletic but slight quarterback to a potential first-round pick. While it's totally understandable for Murray to use that leverage to get more money, it's unclear if the A's could even pay Murray more if they wanted to.