The Angels opened negotiations with Wally Joyner on Tuesday and could sign the popular first baseman to a minor league contract as early as today.
Joyner, 38, would compete with Scott Spiezio and rookie Larry Barnes to replace injured first baseman Mo Vaughn.
Barry Axelrod, Joyner's agent, said he had discussed contract terms with Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman on Tuesday.
The Angels would probably sign Joyner to an incentive-packed deal similar to that of Jose Canseco, who will earn no money unless he makes the team and little money unless he plays regularly.
Stoneman said he had narrowed his search for a free-agent first baseman to two players. He did not identify them, but the Angels are believed to be interested in Hal Morris if they cannot reach agreement with Joyner.
"We're going to bring in one. Either one would fit the bill," Stoneman said.
Either Joyner or Morris could hit second, provide solid defense and line-drive hitting with limited power. Joyner hit .281 with five home runs in 224 at-bats for the Atlanta Braves last season. Morris, 35, hit .278 with three homers in 169 at-bats for the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers.