urray chooses footballThe Athletics shocked everyone back in June when they used a top ten selection in the MLB draft to choose Kyler Murray Mark Melancon Jersey , a great athlete but one who might not even be a baseball player. Oakland believed with such a large commitment and a large signing bonus, they’d be able to get him to choose baseball. As a show of good faith, though, they didn’t really push back when Murray indicated he did want to play one final year of football at the University of Oklahoma. That would backfire in a big way. Murray ended up winning the Heisman Trophy for best player in college football, and with every passing week the possibility of him passing on baseball to enter the NFL draft became more and more real. On Monday, it became official. Murray was going to concentrate fully on football. This was clearly a big blow to the Athletics, who essentially wasted a top ten pick. That’s bad for any team, but it’s particularly bad for a team like them that refuses to spend money on veteran talent. They rely on a constant stream of talent coming from the minors. As for Murray, a lot of people are using this as proof that baseball needs to change their compensation system for minor-league players and those in the early years of their major-league careers. Don’t get me wrong; I believe that is 100 percent true. I’m just not sure that’s really the reasoning here. Murray clearly preferred football this entire time, and it was just a matter of where he’d be drafted. If he was going to be a first round pick, I’m not sure there’s anything baseball could have done to keep him. Still, this isn’t a great look Deion Sanders Jersey , and paying their minor leaguers a living wage certainly wouldn’t hurt the next time a two-sport athlete is trying to make this choice.Brett Anderson signs with the AthleticsIt wasn’t all bad news for the A’s on Monday, though this bit of news probably didn’t outweigh Murray news. Still, they did help their rotation a bit with one of their biggest surprises from 2018. Brett Anderson signed a one-year deal to head back to Oakland. As of this writing the financial commitment is not yet known. Anderson has always had talent, but the lefty has been injury-prone his entire career and only has two seasons with 20 or more starts. In 2018, he only made 17, but he was much better than expected. His final numbers — 4.48 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 3.98 DRA — weren’t great, but he was better than anyone expected as he had basically been written off. The A’s are going to need to catch some more magic with their rotation if they want to make another run in 2019, and going back to the well with some of the same guys isn’t the worst idea. The Orioles moved to keep pitcher Dillon Tate, the big piece in the Zach Britton trade, safe from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster on Tuesday."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastOrioles News and RumorsOrioles add Dillon Tate to 40-man roster Alen Hanson Jersey , designate Engelb Vielma for assignmentNew,6commentsThe Orioles moved to keep pitcher Dillon Tate, the big piece in the Zach Britton trade, safe from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster on Tuesday.ByMark BrownNov 20, 2018,6:21pm ESTShareTweetShareShareOrioles add Dillon Tate to 40-man roster, designate Engelb Vielma for assignmentTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsThe first minor roster move of the Mike Elias era is in the books. Facing a Tuesday evening player to add Rule 5 draft-eligible players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from being drafted, the Orioles made one pair of moves. The team selected the contract of pitcher Dillon Tate. Since the 40-man roster had been full, they needed a corresponding move: Infielder Engelb Vielma was designated for assignment.The Orioles had already added Maryland-born pitcher Branden Kline to their 40-man roster during the transition period between general managers. Players who needed to be added this year were essentially high school draftees from 2014 and college draftees from 2015. Tate, the #4 pick in that draft by the Rangers who’s been traded twice to end up here, was the highest-profile of the O’s remaining eligible players.In his introductory press conference, Elias indicated that he would be relying heavily on the remaining front office staff in order to make the decisions about who to add and who not to add. The O’s 40-man roster still has some obvious dead weight Edgar Martinez Jersey , so if the front office had really wanted to add more players - lefty reliever Luis Gonzalez and Czech catching sensation Martin Cervenka had come up as possibles - they could have done so.The 26-year-old Gonzalez has been in the O’s organization since 2013. He showed some quality as a reliever in Double-A, where he struck out 58 batters in 45.2 innings with a 0.920 WHIP. That’s not bad. It earned him a promotion to Norfolk, where he allowed a 1.720 WHIP in 25 innings. That is bad.Cervenka, also 26, only joined the O’s for this past season after spending seven years in the Indians organization. He batted .258/.317/.457 across 97 games with the Baysox, throwing out 29% of would-be base-stealers. That might be enough to put him in the backup catching mix.Tate was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Zach Britton to the Yankees. What made him the main part of that deal was chiefly the fact that he used to be a top prospect when he was still with the Rangers. Because we’re not allowed to have nice things, Tate promptly gave up 27 runs in 40.2 innings with Double-A Bowie in seven starts after the trade, including just 21 strikeouts. The O’s might have turned to Tate in desperation for a September start or two if not for the fact that he had some shoulder soreness while throwing in Sarasota.Injuries and performance problems have dimmed Tate’s star and he has yet to make it above the Double-A level in four professional seasons. That’s not great for a player who was drafted as a college junior. Perhaps he will be the kind of player who will benefit from whatever new player development regime will be brought in by Elias.The most interesting thing about Vielma, 24, is his name. The switch-hitting utility infielder has never been able to hit his way out of a wet paper bag. That included a .229/.273/.280 batting line in 121 minor league games across two levels in the 2017 season, which presumably inspired former GM Dan Duquette to take a flier on Vielma given the lack of depth in the 2018 O’s infield.Vielma had his own injury problem that kept him from being a part of the picture this year. He ran into a railing while chasing a foul ball for Triple-A Norfolk and didn’t play again in 2018. He will not be the last of Duquette’s strange experiments to be shuffled off the roster by the new regime.The O’s would still need to clear a 40-man space if they want to continue Duquette’s tradition of making a Rule 5 pick at the winter meetings. That could be done if any players are not tendered a contract. Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph have been speculated in this category. They could also designate somebody they don’t think will have any future use.