TOKYO (AP) — Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma says he’s disappointed after contract negotiations between the right-hander and the Oakland Athletics broke down.

Japanese media reported Monday that Oakland made a four-year proposal worth $15.25 million. In terms of annual salary, its equal to what Iwakuma made with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

Iwakuma says if the negotiations remain stalled, then “the Athletics really didn’t want me.”

The deadline for negotiations is Dec. 7. If Oakland and Iwakuma don’t reach an agreement by then, the pitcher goes back to the Eagles.

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