Gload, age 35, hit .257/.276/.327 for the Phillies last year, although his grit and moxie no doubt helped them to a division title. He was still useful as of 2010, when he posted a 114 OPS+, almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter. He is still a great glove man, and by my best estimates, he tallied over 173 Ron Polk Points last year.*
*-I did not tally these stats per se, but it feels like he had that many.
So why are teams passing on Gload? Is he waiting for the right offer? Or is he being blackballed?
Gload has made over $7.4 million in his Major League career, over $3 million of that with the Royals. I'm sure he has the luxury of sitting back in his mansion and waiting for the right offer, but I still want to see Gload explode for a contender.