DeNA BayStars left-hander Shota Imanaga will try to sign with an MLB team this offseason through the posting system, the Central League club said Saturday.

The 30-year-old, who started for Japan in the final of this year's World Baseball Classic against the United States, informed the Yokohama-based BayStars of his intention to pitch in the U.S. majors.

Shota Imanaga of the DeNA BayStars pitches against the Chunichi Dragons in a Central League baseball game at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Aug. 30, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Imanaga led the CL with 174 strikeouts in 2023 while posting a 7-4 record with a 2.80 ERA in 22 games.

"If someone has a dream he wants to realize, and we think he has the ability to achieve it, we want to support that," DeNA executive Tatsuhiro Hagiwara said.

DeNA's first-round pick in the 2015 draft threw a no-hitter on June 7, 2022, against the Nippon Ham Fighters and has a 64-50 career record with a 3.18 ERA over eight seasons, all with the BayStars.

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