Phils finalize deal with utilityman Gload

PHILADELPHIA -- Utilityman Ross Gload and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized their $2.6 million, two-year contract, a deal agreed to at the winter meetings last week.

The 33-year-old hit .261 with six homers and 30 RBIs for the Florida Marlins last season. He appeared in 41 games at first base, 10 in right field and one in left.

Gload batted .318 as a pinch hitter, with a major-league leading 21 hits. The left-handed hitter was a 13th-round selection of the Marlins in the 1997 amateur draft.

He has batted .283 with 28 homers and 192 RBIs over 608 major league games with the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and the Marlins. His 48 pinch hits rank 10th among active players.