Samurai Japan, putting together the team that will participate in the World Baseball Classic next spring, has formally invited Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish to participate.

The organization also issued invitations to Milwaukee outfielder Norichika Aoki and three free agents: outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and right-handers Hiroki Kuroda and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Darvish has not indicated if he will join the team.