In the extremely rare chance that Kyler Murray decides to quit the NFL and pursue his baseball career, he can still return with the Oakland A’s.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former A’s draft pick was eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft in which other teams can poach a player from another organization’s farm system if he is not placed on the 40-man roster.
Murray fit this category, but no team went forward to draft him, meaning the A’s still hold his rights.
Players who are selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on a team's big-league roster all season or must be returned to their original team, so it is unlikely Murray would have been taken for anything other than a publicity stunt.
Of course, he wouldn't be the first player to be used as such. In 2013, Russell Wilson — a draft pick of the Colorado Rockies — was selected by the Texas Rangers and the quarterback briefly attended spring training a month after leading the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
But no team decided to do such a thing with Murray, who was still leaving the door open to a baseball career as recently as June.
Meanwhile, Murray has the Arizona Cardinals atop the NFC West at 10-2 this season and in position to compete for a Super Bowl. He is also one of the most electric quarterbacks in the league and likely has a very big payday in his future when his rookie contract expires.
So it seems unlikely that he leaves the NFL for baseball, but as of now, the A’s still have his rights if he does.