12/15/09 5:09 PM EST
Phils finish deal to add Gload to bench
Veteran tied for big league lead with 15 pinch-hit RBIs in '09
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Gload, 33, hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 125 games last season with the Florida Marlins. He essentially becomes the final piece on a Phillies bench that includes infielder Greg Dobbs, outfielder Ben Francisco, catcher Brian Schneider and infielder Juan Castro.
Gload hit .318 (21-for-66) last season as a pinch-hitter. His 15 RBIs tied for the Major League lead. He is a career .300 pinch-hitter, which is the highest average for any active pinch-hitter with 140 or more plate appearances.
Gload, who hits left-handed, is known as a fine defensive first basemen, but he also plays the outfield.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.