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Athletics trying to convince Kyler Murray to stick with baseball

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2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, selected by the Athletics in the 2018 draft, is believed to be leaning towards pursuing a football career. The Athletics will try to convince him to stick with baseball, as club executives will meet with Murray in Dallas on Monday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Tomorrow marks the deadline for Murray to declare for the NFL draft.

Murray went ninth overall in last year’s draft, earning a $4.66 million signing bonus from the A’s. If Murray does decide to pursue a football career, the A’s would be in an unfortunate position as they would not get a compensation pick for losing him, unlike when a team fails to sign its pick. As a result, Murray has a lot of leverage and could use it to procure more money from the A’s.

The NFL combine is in late February and the draft is in late April. It makes a lot of sense for Murray to commit — at least publicly — to football just to see how high he goes in the draft. Some mock drafts have him going in the first round. Those with a less rosy outlook suggest his height could be a limiting factor as a quarterback.

No matter what he decides to do on Monday, the Athletics still expect Murray to report to spring training, playing in the outfield.

Update: According to WFAA’s Mike Leslie, Murray is seeking $15 million from the Athletics to stick with baseball. Whether the A’s bite remains to be seen.

Angels place Andrew Heaney on 10-day injured list

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The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.

It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.

Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.

In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.