Phillies add veteran Gload to bench

Phils add veteran Gload to bench

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Phillies have found the last player for their bench.

Word spread late Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings that the Phils had signed free-agent outfielder Ross Gload. A baseball source said it was a two-year contract.

Gload, who bats left-handed and turns 34 in April, hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 230 at-bats last season with the Marlins. He hit .318 as a pinch-hitter in 2009.

He has hit .283 with a .328 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage in an eight-year career with the Cubs, Rockies, White Sox, Royals and Marlins.

Gload joins a Philadelphia bench that includes outfielder Ben Francisco, catcher Brian Schneider and infielders Greg Dobbs and Juan Castro.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.