Report: Phillies sign Gload to complete bench

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Sources told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that the Phillies and free agent Ross Gload have come to terms on a two-year deal.
The 33-year-old Gload was believed to have similar offers on the table from the Marlins and Braves.
Gload hit .261/.329/.400 with 30 RBI in 230 at-bats for Florida last season. He was terribly miscast as a regular by the Royals, but he has been excellent off the bench in his career. Overall, he’s hit .308/.366/.436 with 29 RBI in 156 at-bats as a pinch-hitter. He came in at .318/.418/.455 with 15 RBI in 66 at-bats last season.
Gload, who will be the replacement for Matt Stairs, seemingly completes a Philadelphia bench also set to include Ben Francisco, Greg Dobbs, Brian Schneider and Juan Castro.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

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Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.