"His father wasn't going to have any of that,'' Daniel said.

"(The Rangers) have probably seen about 50 games the last two years,'' said Don Nomura, who alongside Arn Tellem represented Darvish. "They were very thorough in how they evaluated. …"

Disconnect: After three months, the Theo Epstein compensation dispute finally has landed on Commissioner Bud Selig's desk. He essentially had ordered the Cubs and Red Sox to settle it between themselves, and isn't happy he has been dragged into a decision that is going to upset a fan base in Chicago or Boston, if not both.

A sense of expediency caused Major League Baseball to allow Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts to talk to Epstein without having agreed on the price he would pay if the Red Sox allowed Epstein out of the year left on his contract, and that was clearly a mistake. But the alternative could have been really ugly.

If the Cubs had declined to accept the Red Sox's terms up front, the Red Sox would have had a decision to make — fire Epstein or allow him to run the team another year knowing he was looking to leave at the end of the season. That could have forced the Cubs to operate under interim GM Randy Bush in 2012 as they waited on Epstein, or to go another direction entirely in the GM search.

Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, a former mentor to Epstein who now feels scorned, wants at least one top prospect from the Cubs to help his hurt go away.

It's clear Ricketts has placed his own high value on Epstein, and Selig easily could come to the same conclusion.

The last word: "When you look at him, you realize pretty quick that he is special." — Nolan Ryan on Darvish.

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