Japanese left-hander Shota Imanaga has been posted by the DeNA BayStars for negotiations with major league teams, the Yokohama-based club said Monday.

The starter and winning pitcher for Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic final against the United States is testing the market for a move to the majors through the posting system.

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

Once Major League Baseball notifies its 30 teams of the move, they have 45 days to negotiate with Imanaga, who is expected to draw considerable interest.

The 30-year-old led the Central League with 174 strikeouts over 148 innings this year, while having a 7-4 record and a 2.80 ERA in 22 games.

Samurai Japan teammate and right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto was posted by the Orix Buffaloes earlier this month and is tipped to sign a record deal for a Japanese player ahead of his major league debut.

The New York Yankees signed right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to a $155 million, seven-year contract ahead of the 2014 season.

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