Playoff bonus and a week lookahead

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog in the past few weeks. I spent most of that time using up vacation from this year but now I’m back on the beat and getting ready like the rest of the baseball world for next week’s Winter Meetings.

Before everyone gathers in Orlando, there will be plenty to look out for this week. Tuesday night at 10:59 p.m. CT is the deadline for free agents that were offered arbitration by their clubs to accept or decline it. Carl Pavano, Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson are all expected to decline the Twins’ offer of arbitration, which means the Twins could get a total of four draft picks if all three sign with other clubs.

Thursday is the non-tender deadline, which is the date that clubs must tender 2011 contracts to all of their unsigned players that are still under team control. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has been mentioned as a possible non-tender candidate, although it seems more likely that the team will tender him and leave open the possibility of trading him.

One last thing, Major League Baseball announced the postseason shares this morning and the Twins got a nice reward for their playoff appearance.

The total share of players’ pool for the Twins was $1,647,064.93. That leaves the value of each
full share at $30,883.43. The Twins awarded 42 full shares, 10.17
partial shares and 16 cash awards.

From MLB, here is the full club-by-club breakdown:

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’
Pool: $19,764,779.19; value of each full share: $317,631.29) – The
Giants awarded 50 full shares, 9.89 partial shares and 5 cash awards.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool:
$13,176,519.46; value of each full share: $246,279.55) – The Rangers
awarded 44 full shares, 8 partial shares and 12 cash awards.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Philadelphia Phillies (Share
of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $123,140.50)
– The Phillies awarded 43 full shares, 10.42 partial shares and 1 cash
award.

New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of
each full share: $110,302.97) – The Yankees awarded 43 full shares,
15.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.

DIVISION SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Minnesota Twins (Share of Players’
Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $30,883.43) – The Twins
awarded 42 full shares, 10.17 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $29,510.57) – The Braves awarded 48 full shares, 7.03
partial shares and 35 cash awards.

Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $28,141.51) – The Rays awarded 45 full shares, 10.48 partial
shares and 20 cash awards.

Cincinnati Reds (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each
full share: $26,910.27) – The Reds awarded 48 full shares, 10.01
partial shares and 20 cash awards.

SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS (NON-WILD CARD CLUBS)

Chicago White Sox
(Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share:
$10,885.57) – The White Sox awarded 43 full shares, 6.33 partial shares
and 9 cash awards.

San Diego Padres (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each
full share: $10,118.84) – The Padres awarded 47 full shares, 6.75
partial shares and 1 cash award.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of each
full share: $9,832.05) – The A’s awarded 43 full shares, 12.5 partial
shares and 3 cash awards.

St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $549,021.64; value of
each full share: $9,679.42) – The Cardinals awarded 44 full shares,
12.05 partial shares and 4 cash awards.

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