INDIANAPOLIS - And just like that, the bench is complete. The Phillies have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal with former Marlins outfielder Ross Gload, the team's Web site said last night. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr said he could not confirm or deny the deal, which the team's Web site said is pending a physical.
Gload, who will turn 34 in April, presumably would fill the void that was vacated when the Phillies opted against re-signing veteran slugger Matt Stairs. A lefthanded batter who is familiar with a reserve role, Gload hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 230 at-bats last season. In an 8-year career with the Cubs, White Sox, Royals, Marlins and Rockies, Gload has hit .283 with a .736 OPS.
The Phillies now have all five of their likely bench slots filled with lefthanded third baseman Greg Dobbs, righthanded outfielder Ben Francisco, lefthanded backup catcher Brian Schneider, righthanded utility man Juan Castro, and Gload.
- David Murphy