Japanese professional baseball player Suzuki Seiya has told his team he aims to move to the Major Leagues in North America next year.
Suzuki now plays for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Hiroshima City, western Japan.
The 27-year-old outfielder does not have international free-agent status, so he will try to sign with an MLB club by utilizing the posting system designed for such players.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp says it respects Suzuki's decision, and that it endorses his use of the system.
Suzuki was a key member of the national team in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 and the Premier 12 international tournament in 2019.
He batted clean-up for the national team in the Tokyo Olympics, in which Japan took the gold for the first time.
Suzuki was the leading hitter in Japan's Central League in 2021, his ninth season in pro baseball, with a batting average of .317. He also achieved the league's best on-base percentage at .433.
In the past, Japanese players including Suzuki Ichiro, Matsuzaka Daisuke, Darvish Yu, Tanaka Masahiro and Maeda Kenta have used the posting system to move to MLB clubs.