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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.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.