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 typically serving as the Angels' first baseman. The 30-year-old will look to latch on as a depth piece with another organization this winter.
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 (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.
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