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Sources: Phils, pinch-hits leader Gload reach deal

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Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal has been the FOXSports.com's Senior MLB Writer since August 2005. He appears weekly on MLB on FOX, FOX Sports Radio and MLB Network. He's a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Phillies, strengthening their bench, have reached an agreement with free agent Ross Gload on a two-year contract, according to major- league sources.

The Braves and Marlins also were in the mix for Gload, the major-league leader in pinch hits last season. But Gload chose to join the two-time defending National League champions.

Gload becomes the Phillies' fourth free-agent signing of the offseason, joining third baseman Placido Polanco, infielder Juan Castro and catcher Brian Schneider.

The team continues to look for bullpen help.

Gload, who turns 35 on April 5, spent last season with the Marlins, going 21-for-66 (.318) as a pinch-hitter and batting .261-.329-.400 in 259 plate appearances.

Tagged: Braves, Phillies, Marlins, Juan Castro, Placido Polanco, Ross Gload

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