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UPDATE: Brett Pill reaches agreement with KIA Tigers

Dec 21, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Dan Kurtz of, Pill has reached an agreement with the KIA Tigers.

10:06 p.m. ET, Thursday: According to Andrew Baggarly of, Giants first baseman/outfielder Brett Pill is in talks to play with the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Baggarly hears that the Giants already have a deal in place to sell his contract, so Pill is just working on the money involved. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this evening that the Giants were asking for as much as $1 million to sell his contract to a team in Japan or Korea.

Pill, 29, has had a few stints with the Giants over the past three seasons while compiling a .223/.279/.404 batting line in 259 plate appearances.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Is it just me, or does it seem like more players than ever are opting to go play in the Korea baseball org.

    • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      KBO just increased the number of foreign players allowed per team from two to three, so there now more jobs available there.

      Maybe they are signing better, or at least more prominent players than in recent years.

  2. skerney - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM


    • temporarilyexiled - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Probably the reason I don’t bother listening to KNBR except when I’m back in the Bay Area on a visit. Good thing those calls only last so long, and then you can turn the radio back on.

  3. aschwartz2011 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    This feels like the MLS bringing over a few borderline EPL players as a way to grow the sport.

  4. mtr75 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM


  5. sisqsage - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Pill’s a good guy. Had plenty of chances to be a regular but inevitably the big slump would soon follow and he’d be just an occasional pinch hitter, and then find himself back at AAA. Had some nice 100-RBI seasons at Fresno, but that only shows the difference between being a minors all-star and whiffing at major league curveballs at a silly rate. Despite some great minor league numbers, the Giants’ brass never considered him to be one of their top prospects, which is pretty much how it played out. Not great with the glove either. He did show flashes though, like taking Kershaw deep in 2012 at Chavez Latrine. We won 2-1. At least he’ll be bilingual now, and get a free KIA out of it.

  6. jwbiii - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    D.J., It’s, not .com.

  7. illuminancer - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Good for him. He’ll get paid more than the league minimum, and he’ll get to play every day. His primary value to the Giants was as a way to push Belt, and now that Belt’s made the changes they wanted him to, Pill had no future with the Giants.

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