Fernandez signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Korea Baseball Organization's Doosan Bears on Wednesday, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.
Since being released by the Angels in November 2018, the 32-year-old Fernandez has emerged as a star in South Korea. He led the KBO in hits in both of his first two seasons in the KBO and submitted a .340/.405/.497 slash line with 21 home runs and 105 RBI over 668 plate appearances in 2021. Fernandez will return to the Bears for a third straight season, and given his age and lack of defensive flexibility, he appears unlikely to revisit a return to MLB.
Fernandez agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract Wednesday with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organziation, the Yonhap News Agency reports.
The 30-year-old will head overseas after making his MLB debut in 2018 with the Angels, appearing in 36 contests and slashing .267/.309/.388 across 123 plate appearances. Fernandez likely would have been forced to settle for a minor-league deal had he chosen to keep his career going in North America, so the move to Korea should afford him some greater financial security. He'll also have a chance to earn an additional $350,000 in performance-based incentives.
Fernandez was granted his unconditional release by the Angels on Wednesday.
Fernandez becomes a free agent after playing in 36 games for Los Angeles this past season. During those outings, he hit .267/.309/.388 with two home runs and 11 RBI while playing primarily at first base. The 30-year-old will look to latch on as a depth piece with another organization this winter.
Fernandez was designated for assignment Tuesday by Los Angeles.
Fernandez was bumped off the 40-man roster to clear space for a minor-league prospect ahead of the Rule 5 draft deadline. The 30-year-old hit .267 with two homers and 11 RBI over 36 games with the Angels in 2018.
Fernandez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of Los Angeles Times reports.
Since Albert Pujols (knee) was shut down for the season in late August after undergoing surgery, Fernandez and Jefry Marte have formed a platoon at first base. Fernandez has drawn the bulk of the starts at the position as the left-handed bat of the two, but he'll take a seat in the season finale with lefty Brett Anderson twirling for Oakland.
Fernandez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.
Fernandez has started the last two games, going 1-for-7 with a walk. He'll give way to Jefry Marte at first base in this one with lefty Yohander Mendez starting for the opposition.
Fernandez (hand) is starting at second base and hitting cleanup Monday against the Rangers.
Fernandez has been cleared to return after missing Sunday's game against the Astros with a hand contusion. The 30-year-old, who is hitting .269/.296/.394 with two homers through 32 games this season, will face righty Adrian Sampson in his return to the starting lineup.
Fernandez (hand) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.
Fernandez was diagnosed with a right hand bruise after exiting Saturday's game after he was hit by a Justin Verlander pitch. The 30-year-old avoided a broken hand but will spend at least one game out of the starting nine. Jefry Marte starts at first base and will bat sixth for the Angels.
Fernandez was removed from Saturday's game in the first inning with a right hand contusion, though X-rays were negative for a fracture.
Fernandez extracted 14 pitches out of Justin Verlander in that trip to the plate, but Verlander plunked him on the hand to force him out of the game. Thankfully for the Halos, their first baseman's hand wasn't broken, though he's day-to-day and could miss a spell of action as the season winds down for the final week.
Fernandez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the A's.
Manager Mike Scioscia is stacking right-handed hitters against lefty Brett Anderson, so Fernandez will give way to Jefry Marte at first base. Fernandez is hitting .245/.286/.396 with two homers and five RBI through 15 games in September.
Fernandez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Fernandez sits after making eight straight starts. He grabbed a hit in seven of those contests but batted just .241 overall. Jefry Marte will start at first base in his place.
Fernandez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
Fernandez provided all of the offense for both sides, smashing his first career home run in the second inning in the 1-0 win. The 30-year-old has started five of the club's last six games and he figures to see fairly regular at-bats down the stretch with Albert Pujols (knee, elbow) out for the rest of the season. He's now slashing .293/.312/.387.
Fernandez went 1-for-3 with the first stolen base of his career in Saturday's rout of the White Sox.
Fernandez returned to the starting lineup after getting a day off Friday. The 30-year-old nabbed his first major-league steal, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much in terms of speed after he stole just two bases over 184 minor-league games. Fernandez has started five of the Halos' last seven contests (7-for-20), sitting comfortably on the strong side of a platoon at first base with Jefry Marte.
Fernandez is not in the lineup versus the White Sox on Friday.
Fernandez will head to the bench with southpaw Carlos Rodon on the hill. During five games since rejoining the big-league roster at the beginning of the month, Fernandez has gone 6-for-19 (.316 average) with two runs scored.
Fernandez is not in the lineup Tuesday against Texas, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Fernandez started three straight games after getting called up Saturday. He'll hit the bench Tuesday, with Jefry Marte playing first base and Shohei Ohtani (back/finger) returning to the lineup as the designated hitter.
Fernandez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Fernandez won't have to wait long before entering the lineup, as he is starting at first base and batting sixth at Houston on Saturday. The 30-year-old could earn himself some additional playing time at first base with Albert Pujols (knee) finished for the season.
Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Fernandez's time in the majors was once again brief, as he went 3-for-7 in three games. The 30-year-old has a .279/.279/.349 slash line in 43 plate appearances with the Angels this season, and should at least return to the major-league level when rosters expand at the start of September.
Fernandez made his first major-league start at third base Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a loss to the Athletics.
Andrelton Simmons (knee) was a late scratch, so David Fletcher moved to short, allowing Fernandez to enter the starting nine at third. It doesn't sound like Simmons will be forced to miss much time, but Sunday's lineup configuration hints that Fernandez would be on the strong side of a platoon with Jefry Marte at the hot corner if the Halos' starting shortstop needs a stint on the disabled list. The 30-year-old rookie slashed .286/.286/.357 over 42 plate appearances in the majors this year.
Fernandez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Fernandez will rejoin the Angels in order to offer an additional bench bat while Mike Trout continues to deal with a right wrist contusion. The 30-year-old is hitting .250/.250/.306 through 11 games with the big club this season. With Trout considered day-to-day, Fernandez's stay in the majors could be brief.
The Angels optioned Fernandez to Triple-A Salt Lake prior to Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
Albert Pujols' (knee) placement on the 10-day disabled list Friday had created a void at first base, but Fernandez only started one game at the position during his latest stint with the Angels. With Pujols expected to return from the DL in the minimum time and Jefry Marte and Luis Valbuena capable of manning first base in the interim, Fernandez was deemed expendable. The Angels recalled reliever Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move.
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