SAN FRANCISCO -- Brett Pill never quite broke through in the Major Leagues, but it appears the slugging first baseman will now get a shot at an everyday role. Pill reached an agreement Saturday to join the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Giants confirmed the sale of his contact to KIA and said one-year deal will become official when Pill takes a physical after Christmas.

Pill, 29, made 111 appearances for the Giants over the past three seasons while bouncing back and forth between Triple-A Fresno and the big leagues. He hit .233 with nine homers in 259 at-bats and was unable to duplicate the power he showed in the minors. The Giants had hoped that Pill could develop into a pinch-hit and double-switch option, but he hit just .140 in three seasons when coming off the bench.

Pill would have been out of options next spring and far back on the depth chart. Recently signed left fielder Michael Morse and catcher Buster Posey would have been ahead of Pill at first base, and the Giants hope to give incumbent Brandon Belt more than 150 starts.

The Giants will receive a transfer fee of around $500,000 and also now have an open spot on the 40-man roster.



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