All of the big Kyler Murray news dropped last night. Upshot: the A’s and Major League Baseball tacitly admitted how much they under pay team-controlled players and made the damn nigh unprecedented move to at least consider paying a player what he’s worth to play baseball. Crazy!
Today there will likely be some more Murray news: he will likely declare for the NFL draft. If you’re someone who is super invested in him playing baseball, however, don’t freak out yet. Because, apparently, his declaration will not violate his current contract with the Athletics and he and they and everyone involved still has time to figure it all out. That from Susan Slusser via Jon Morosi.
Murray may, obviously, choose to play football when it’s all said and done, but a draft declaration today will not close the door on baseball. Rather, it’s an administrative requirement for football and, perhaps, an exercise of leverage with respect to baseball.
A minor leaguer with leverage. What strange and unprecedented times in which we live.
UPDATE: He’s done it:
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.