INDIANAPOLIS - Although the Phillies are focused on improving their pitching staff during the winter meetings, they apparently have made time to finalize their bench.
The team's official Web site said last night that the Phils had signed Ross Gload to a two-year contract. Gload, 33, is a career .283 hitter. He batted .261, with a .329 on-base percentage, in 230 at-bats last season with the Florida Marlins.
He played right field, left field, first base, and even pitched a scoreless inning.
Gload debuted in the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 2000. He also has played for Colorado, the Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City.
The Phillies' bench is now complete with Gload, utilityman Juan Castro, outfielder Ben Francisco, backup catcher Brian Schneider, and infielder Greg Dobbs.