Brett Pill Reaches Agreement With KIA Tigers

JANUARY 2, 1:30pm: Pill has passed his physical and been placed on release waivers by the Giants, tweets John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

DECEMBER 21, 7:46pm: Dan Kurtz of MyKBO tweets that KIA's press release says Pill will receive a $50K signing bonus and a $250K salary.

7:15pm: The Giants have announced the deal, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). Schulman tweets that Pill will remain on the Giants' 40-man roster until the deal is finalized. Pill must pass a physical. Kurtz (Twitter link) reports that the Tigers have also announced the agreement.

8:54am: 29-year-old first baseman Brett Pill has reached agreement on contract terms with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization, reports Kurtz (via Twitter). The Giants had previously agreed to send Pill to the Gwangju-based Tigers for a transfer fee of around $500K, if agreement could be reached between Pill and his prospective new club.

The minor league veteran has posted strong power and on-base numbers for several years running at Triple-A, including a stellar .344/.379/.630 line with 18 home runs in 289 plate appearances last season. Pill was less productive at the MLB level, with a career .233/.279/.404 line, and his increased K% and lower BABIP could point to difficulties in handling big league pitching. On the other hand, he has seen just 259 plate appearances spread over three seasons. The Oliver and Steamer projection systems (via Fangraphs) both see Pill as a roughly league-average hitter in the bigs in 2014.

While his power remains intriguing, Pill's offensive and positional limitations drag down his attractiveness to MLB clubs. Blocked at his natural first base in the Giants' organization, Pill had apparently failed to transition successfully to another position. Already on the downslope of the aging curve, Pill's pop was apparently not enough to entice a big league team to give him a roster spot.


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11 Comments on "Brett Pill Reaches Agreement With KIA Tigers"


Edictor27
1 year 6 months ago

hope he does well in KBO

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Pill would have made 480K playing in triple A for SF, why go to Japan to make less?

not_brooks
1 year 6 months ago

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty certain that players only earn prorated MLB minimum during time spent on the 25 man roster.

Edictor27
1 year 6 months ago

better opportunity to be a everyday player over

Chet Steadman
1 year 6 months ago

maybe he’s thinking of going to Japan as a “life experience”. Sounds fun.

bob smit
1 year 6 months ago

Not sure why everyone keeps saying Japan when the team’s location in the article is listed as Korea

gmenfan
1 year 6 months ago

Because far too many people are poorly educated and assume that all countries in Asia are the same thing.

Revery
1 year 6 months ago

He is going to rake in Korea.

Eric Ritz
1 year 6 months ago

Real glad the Giants dumped Surkamp for nothing because they messed up the timing of the Pill deal.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

Why is KIA always capitalized in these articles? As best I can tell, it’s a name, not an acronym for anything. Most other places it’s Kia.

vtadave
1 year 6 months ago

Maybe Giants fans or people that bother posting in a Brett Pill article “care” about Brett Pill.