Pill signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday. He played for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball League in 2016 and hit .317 with 20 home runs in 482 at-bats. As a 32-year-old first baseman, he will serve as organizational depth, likely at Triple-A.
The Giants announced Friday that they have sold the rights to first baseman Brett Pill to the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization. Pill has agreed to a deal with the Tigers, pending a physical, which will take place after Christmas. He will remain on the Giants' 40-man roster until the deal is finalized. Pill hit .224/.272/.376 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 85 at-bats with the Giants last season and .344/.379/.630 with 18 home runs and 79 RBI in 276 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno.
Giants first baseman Brett Pill hit his third home run in Sunday's win over Los Angeles. Pill's home run was a solo pinch-hit shot, his only at-bat of the game. He's hitting .231/.265/.385.
Giants first baseman Brett Pill has been taking grounders at third base to provide the team with insurance while Pablo Sandoval deals with a sore back, MLB.com reports. "Right now it's just to give us some coverage, a little depth in case something happens today," manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com Wednesday. Pill, who appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter, has nine career appearances at third base in the minor leagues. He has continued to work in left field, and Bochy said that he wants Pill to practice more at the position before he gives him another start in left field.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that using first baseman Brett Pill in left field "might be an option," MLB.com reports. "It's difficult to get him out there, the way [Brandon] Belt's playing," Bochy added. Pill has hit .234/.245/.404 with two home runs and seven RBI in 47 at-bats with the Giants and .344/.379/.630 with 18 home runs and 79 RBI in 276 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno.