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Report: A’s talking with outfielder Gabe Gross

Just when it appears things might go quiet on the A’s front, they’re linked to another player. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports Oakland and free agent outfielder Gabe Gross are talking seriously about a one-year deal. The left-handed hitting Gross, 30, supposedly would be an option off the bench against right-handed pitchers.

This speculation has me scratching my head much as the Johnny Damon talk does. I’m not sure the A’s have a need for another outfielder, particularly if they’re serious about keeping opportunities open for a young guy like Michael Taylor. Gross hit .227 with six homers and 36 RBI in 282 at-bats last year for Tampa Bay. He started 67 games in right field.

GM Billy Beane said earlier this week that a utility infielder was the next need the team might address. He also praised his current crop of outfielders, particularly right fielder Ryan Sweeney. But I’ve learned not to count anything out this winter w/this team …

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    uh, one question . . . why? this guy has vorp all over him. you can’t tell me that he’s a better option than what you may already have on your bench or someone whose currently in the system? somewhere travis buck is shedding a tear and aaron cunningham is breathing a sigh of relief.

  • Raiderb

    Maybe the A’s are mistaken and think they’re getting Wayne Gross!

  • Mike

    I have recently heard that A’s are considering changing their name to the “Oakland Outfielders”.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Rutabaga

    Just what the A’s need, another .227 hitter.

  • Joe Stiglich

    Nice call Raiderb :) Wayne Gross was playing 3B at the first A’s game I attended as a kid …

  • Marc

    Travis must have done something really terrible. Gabe Gross is nothing. No glove. No bat. Michael Taylor isn’t ready? My brain hurts.