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.