Playoff payoff: $28K per man
Losing in the first round of the playoffs was disappointing for the the Rays but not a total loss, as their playoff shares worked out to $28,141.51 per man.
According to MLB, the Rays awarded 45 full shares - which typically go to players with the team most of the season, coaches and members of the traveling party (trainers, equipment manager, travel director, etc.) - along with 10.48 partial shares and 20 cash awards as they divvied up a total of $1,647,064.93 from the players pool, which is composed of 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the division series, and the first four of the league championship series and World Series.
The decisions on numbers of shares and awards are usually made by the players during a late-season meeting, then applied regardless pof how far the team gets. The four second-place teams that didn't get to the playoffs also get small shares.
Had the Rays won Game 5 and advanced to the ALCS and lost then, the difference would have been significant - the Yankees got $110,000 each.