Heisman winner Kyler Murray highlights A’s nonroster invites

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is the most intriguing name among the A’s nonroster invites for spring training. There are two questions: Will he actually arrive? And will he stay?

Murray, an outfielder taken with the ninth overall pick in June, declared for the NFL draft this month, but if he leaves camp for the NFL combine at the end of February, he is likely to be in violation of his baseball contract.

The 21-year-old, who was Oklahoma’s quarterback, has yet to announce clean plans about which sport he will pursue. If he chooses the NFL, he will have to repay the $4.66 signing bonus he received from the A’s.

The Chronicle reported last month that Murray would be among Oakland’s nonroster invites.

Jesus Luzardo, a left-hander who is considered the A’s top prospect, also received an invitation.

Others announced Thursday include several players signed to minor-league deals this winter, including right-handers Jake Buchanan and Brian Schlitter and left-hander Kyle Lobstein, along with utilityman Eric Campbell. Catcher Beau Taylor and reliever Dean Kiekhefer are also back with Oakland on minor-league deals.

Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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