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Boras reiterates Kyler's future is in baseball

Despite Heisman win, two-sport star will begin career on diamond next spring
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Kyler Murray is the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, the AP college football Player of the Year and he's about to compete in the College Football Playoff. But his agent, Scott Boras, once again reiterated Murray will still be giving up the gridiron to begin his professional baseball career with the A's next spring.

"Kyler has agreed and the A's agreed to a baseball contract that gave him permission to play college football through the end of the collegiate season," Boras told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport this week, as noted in a story published on Sunday following Murray's Heisman win. "After that, he is under contract to play baseball. That is not a determination to make. It's already done."

Kyler Murray is the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, the AP college football Player of the Year and he's about to compete in the College Football Playoff. But his agent, Scott Boras, once again reiterated Murray will still be giving up the gridiron to begin his professional baseball career with the A's next spring.

"Kyler has agreed and the A's agreed to a baseball contract that gave him permission to play college football through the end of the collegiate season," Boras told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport this week, as noted in a story published on Sunday following Murray's Heisman win. "After that, he is under contract to play baseball. That is not a determination to make. It's already done."

Video: Forst on how Kyler Murray is ready to play baseball

Oakland signed Murray for $4.66 million after making him the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, while also agreeing to let the two-sport star play one final season at quarterback for Oklahoma. That season turned into a storybook one, with Murray piling up accolades and leading the Sooners into their upcoming Orange Bowl matchup against top-ranked Alabama on Dec. 29.

Video: Top Prospects: Kyler Murray, OF, Athletics

Despite all that -- and despite comments from Murray earlier this week indicating he might want to try for a dual MLB-NFL career -- Boras has been firm that the 21-year-old will report to Spring Training with the A's in 2019. Murray is currently ranked Oakland's No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

"From a contractual perspective, it is set," Boras told Rapoport.

Murray said in his media availability prior to the Heisman award ceremony, "I'd like to do both [football and baseball], if possible. But I don't know how possible that is."

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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