Player: Ross Gload
Acquired: Signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract in the middle of December.
2009 Stats: 125 games, 230 AB, 33 R, 66 H, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .261 AVG, .329 OBP
Intangibles: He’s another power-hitting lefty, something the Phillies needed after dropping Matt Stairs. Gload can be just that as he hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBIs last season with the Marlins. He hit .318 as a pinch-hitter as well. He isn’t a great fielder and will most likely be a one-and-done player.
Expectations: I expect him to have a year similar to Stairs in 2008. If he has a season like last year, he’s an instant success. A batting average around .270 overall and over .300 as a PH will suit the team well. He will also be expected to hit a few homers, something that can easily be done in the hitter-friendly CBP.