Coming into the 2018-2019 college football season, it was almost set in stone that Kyler Murray would be playing baseball after being drafted in the first round by the Oakland Athletics.
As we know, he has decided to enter the NFL Draft after a monster season to see how things play out, but has yet to commit to either sport.
However, as the MLB awaits Murray's decision, the league is contemplating bringing back the major league contract as an inducement for two-sport athletes to stick with baseball. As things currently stand, all draft contracts are minor-league deals for two-sport athletes.
One intriguing piece of the potential changes in MLB: The Kyler Murray Rule. The MLBPA wants two-sport athletes to be able to sign major league deals out of the draft. Don't think it has legs -- the room for abuse is huge -- but Murray's impact is clear: https://t.co/Oylh4ET2Gb— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 6, 2019
Kyler's name is written all over this new potential rule as he would likely demand close to $10 million if he does choose baseball.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are discussing a variety of potential rules changes that could drastically alter multiple facets of the game, including a three-batter minimum for pitchers, universal DH and a single trade deadline. The details at ESPN: https://t.co/Oylh4ET2Gb pic.twitter.com/fqaEMsPx8p— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 6, 2019
This would be taking special treatment to an entirely new level, but the MLB must think very highly of Murray and obviously wants him in baseball. Either that, or the league doesn't want any issues with a top draft pick skipping out to play another sport.