By now, everybody is aware of the massive contract extension the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals just handed out to quarterback Kyler Murray.
The deal is going to make Murray one of the highest-paid players in the entire NFL.
But many forget that for a time, Murray was a prospect within the Oakland A’s system and was considering choosing baseball over football.
Murray ultimately chose football and that appears to have served him well, especially considering where the Athletics are at right now.
MLB insider Fabian Ardaya made a hilarious joke about the situation, essentially proving that Murray made the smart choice when choosing football over baseball.
imagine how much the A’s would have paid him in pre-arb though https://t.co/pcWA0XWcDH
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 21, 2022
Murray Avoids Being Lowballed By A’s
He isn’t wrong.
He got the big money early.
If he was still with the Athletics, he wouldn’t have gotten near that amount of money.
In fact, the A’s probably wouldn’t have even been able to give him much in pre-arbitration.
Maybe it’s not so much that they couldn’t, but that they wouldn’t, seeing as how they completely ripped the band-aid off and began tanking before the start of the season, selling off all of their best players and leaving themselves with almost nothing.
In that case, we can determine that Murray would have been lowballed with the A’s.
So good for him on choosing football!
Ardaya’s joke is hilarious, but it’s also true.
Given all the drama around pre-arbitration money during the lockout, the A’s would have really lowballed him.
This is one of those small market teams that clearly isn’t trying to win, but rather hoard as much money as possible and act like they’re broke.
Murray certainly made a smart choice when he chose football.