A's negotiating with outfielder Gabe Gross

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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, seemingly

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.