29-year-old first baseman Brett Pill has decided to head to Korea, signing with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization earlier today, according to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO. The former San Francisco Giant has reportedly passed his physical with the Tigers, while his former club has placed him on release waivers. The deal is expected to be worth a total of $300,000.
The Giants selected Pill in the 7th round of the 2006 amateur draft out of Cal State Fullerton, and he slowly progressed through the minors before surfacing with the big league club in 2011. A career .285/.332/.464 hitter with 113 home runs in the minor leagues, Pill has been less productive in the majors, albeit in a limited role. He's received just 259 major league plate appearances over the past three years, tallying a 0.7 WAR and .233/.279/.404 slash line.
Limited defensively, Pill's only suitable big league position is at first base, where the matter of whether his bat would play is questionable. The Giants already have an abundance of options at the position, with Brandon Belt expected to be the starter, and Mike Morse and Buster Posey also likely to see time at the position in 2014.
For their part, the Giants will receive a transfer fee of roughly $500,000.