The decision by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to include right-hander Yu Darvish's uniform number in a signing package for a high-school sensation did not go over well with his father.

Darvish wore No. 11 with the Fighters and continued to use the number in his rookie season with the Texas Rangers. In negotiations with high-school pitching sensation Shoehi Otani, the Fighters guaranteed that he will have Darvish's number.

This is the second time that the Fighters used a famous uniform number as an inducement. They previously gave away the No. 2 of infielder Michihiro Ogasawara, a two-time batting champion.

"Ichiro's number 51 is protected by Orix," Farsa Darvish told reporters. "They gave away Ogasawara's number. He did more than Yu. I would like them to become a team that values their history more. … [Other teams in] Japan and the U.S. take better care of their history."