As mentioned here yesterday, Hisashi Iwakuma apparently wasn't happy with the direction talks were heading in with the Oakland Athletics. Nikkan Sports now reports that talks between the two sides have cooled and that there's a very good chance Iwakuma will be returning to the Rakuten Eagles in 2011.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser also tweets that talks have broken off:
Hisashi Iwakuma talks have broken off, according to major-league and industry sources.
I'm wondering what happens now if Iwakuma really does return to the Eagles next season next season. Not only do they stand to lost the that posting money, they'll also need to give Iwakuma a 300M+ yen salary -- two things they probably weren't, ahem, banking on.