A’s negotiating with outfielder Gabe Gross

The A’s are targeting a left-handed hitting outfielder, but
it’s not Johnny Damon.

The team is in serious discussions with free agent Gabe Gross
on a one- year contract, according to major-league sources.

Gross, 30, spent last season and most of 2008 with the Rays.
He is

considered an above-average defender and decent threat
against right-

handed pitching, though his numbers last season were down
across the


The A’s almost certainly will use Gross as a reserve,

leaving them with the option of adding Damon.

However, there have been no recent talks between the
A’s and Damon’s

representatives, a source said.

Gross is a career .239 hitter with a .337 on-base percentage
and .399

slugging percentage.