(Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

How much flexibility does that give the Nationals? General Manager Mike Rizzo has been mum on how much or how little he can increase the payroll, which in 2011 was $68.3 million. But the median payroll in 2010, per estimates from Baseball-Reference.com, was $86.55 million.

The point of this post is to show my work. It’ll be a quick snapshot of the Nationals’ payroll situation, and it will also allow the legion of loyal NJ readers to check the work or make their own calculations. Perhaps you disagree on the arbitration estimates. That’s allowed.

I used the indispensable Cot’s Baseball Contracts as a resource. Using that $68.3 million as a starting point, here goes:

Players under contract

Jayson Werth +$3 million ($10M-$13M)*

Ryan Zimmerman +$3.1 million ($8.9M-$12M)

Adam LaRoche +$1 million ($7M-$8M)

Stephen Strasburg +.5 million ($2.5M-$3M)

Yunesky Maya No change - $1.5M

Bryce Harper No change - $.5M

Sean Burnett +$.9 million ($1.4M-$2.3M)

* Werth also had a $4 million signing bonus spread out between January 2010 and 2011

Arbitration eligible: estimated raises

(Matt Slocum/AP)

Tyler Clippard +$1.75 million ($.4M to $2.15M)

Jordan Zimmermann +$2 million ($.4M to $2.4M)

Michael Morse +$2.8 million ($1.05M-$3.85M)

Jesus Flores +$.25 million ($.75M-$1M)

Arbitration eligible: projected non-tenders

Tom Gorzelanny -$2.1 million ($2.1M-$0)

Doug Slaten -$.695 million

Free agents not re-signed

Ivan Rodriguez-$3 million

Jonny Gomes -$.5 million

Rick Ankiel-$1.5 million

Chien-Ming Wang*-$3.5 million

Todd Coffey-$1.35 million

Livan Hernandez -$1 million

Alex Cora-$.9 million

Laynce Nix-$.7 million

*The Nationals, of course, are on the verge of re-signing Wang. We haven’t learned the potential terms of the deal yet.

Traded players

Jason Marquis-$5.4M

Jerry Hairston-$1.6M

This is roughly what the Nationals paid before the trades.

Notable Zero-Three players

Ian Desmond

Wilson Ramos

Danny Espinosa

Henry Rodriguez

Ryan Mattheus

Roger Bernadina

Ross Detwiler

Brad Peacock

Craig Stammen

Players in this classification have no or insignificant changes from their 2010 salary to 2011.