So much for Christmas cheer. R.A. Dickey used a Mets holiday function yesterday to unload his frustration with the pace of his extension negotiations. And the organization was, according to one official, "not happy" with Dickey's message and his use of a Citi Field forum to express his criticism. The NL Cy Young Award winner said he is unhappy with the Mets' latest proposal, won't sign unless the team increases its offer and threatened to flee after the campaign without an extension done this offseason. "If that's the decision they feel like is best for the club [not to extend], and that's the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I'm not going to be back [in 2014]," Dickey said. The Mets' initial bid was three years at $19 million (the $5 million Dickey is owed next year plus a two-year, $14 million extension for 2014-15). Dickey countered at three years at $31 million ($5 million plus a two-year, $26 million extension). The Mets answered by going to three years at $25 million (two-year, $20 million extension), the midpoint between $19 million and $31 million, and think Dickey must make the next compromise. Besides the financial roadblocks, what became clearer yesterday was a underlying tension between team and player. Dickey is frustrated he cannot get the Mets to move faster, especially because, as he said, "I feel we are asking for even less than what is fair." The Mets, meanwhile, have mounting concerns whether all of Dickey's off-the-field endeavors could impact his on-field results or his standing in the clubhouse if the perception is that he has become too absorbed with his new celebrity.
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