Sponichi is carrying the following quote from Naoyuki Shimizu:
"If I opt for free agency, it'll be to go overseas. My feelings to try out for the Majors hasn't changed and it's still a dream of mine.
...when I think about the rest of my playing career, I think it would be nice if I can take in other cultures. If the situation is right, I'd like to go to the Majors."