Players find themselves under a microscope in the postseason. Every pitch, every at-bat, every ball in the field is scrutinized.
Players can have an All-Star regular season and post MVP-like numbers. But if they fail to produce in October, they won't live it down—just ask Alex Rodriguez.
Playoff performances are valued heavily. If a player proves he can handle the immense pressure of the postseason, he'll likely earn some more money in his next contract.
Contrarily, players who choke under the spotlight could make suitors more hesitant.
Here are five upcoming free agents who cost themselves some money in the 2011 playoffs.