Editor’s note: This is today’s edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter by J.P. Hoornstra. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Cross another potential free agent off your 2020-21 wish list. With all due respect to Mookie Betts, who stands alone as the crown jewel of that winter’s free agent crop, Mike Trout is not just another potential free agent. He was the man that had Bryce Harper lobbying (tampering?) him to come to Philadelphia on a local radio station. He’s the best player in baseball. Now, he’s also the best-paid player in baseball, under the terms of a 12-year, $426.5 million extension soon to be finalized with the Angels.This shouldn’t mean as much as it does. The Dodgers have conspicuously de-emphasized free agent splurges in recent years. They still spend, but the most they’ve handed out to individual players were all re-signs: Clayton Kershaw (three years, $93 million last November), Kenley Jansen (five years, $80 million in 2017) and Justin Turner (four years, $64 million in 2017). Would they have shelled out more than $360 million to pry Trout out of Anaheim? Probably not.Agreeing to a lifetime contract extension like Trout’s isn’t a personal affront to any of the other 29 teams. This is just what elite players do now. They look around at what over-30 free agents are making on the open market, then chase all the guaranteed years and dollars they can find. I half-joked on Twitter that drafting, developing and signing future Hall of Famers to long-term extensions is the new market inefficiency. It’s kind of true. It’s getting less reasonable to expect players of Trout’s caliber to reach free agency every year. The inevitable has happened – Dave Roberts confirmed that Clayton Kershaw will start the season on the injured list.Enemy territory – The Giants’ scouting director was “baptized in Dodger blue.”It’s time for Dodger baseball – Artist Harmony Deimling painted Vin Scully.It’s a hookah-smoking llama – Minor League Baseball is bringing back la Copa de Diversion. 2022: Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Gary Sanchez, Blake Snell, Aaron Nola (club option), Luis Severino (club option), Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz.-J.P.Thanks for reading today’s Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Get in in your inbox by signing up here. Finding stars from within the organization seems to be the Dodgers’ strategy anyway. To that end, here are the years that matter: Corey Seager becomes a free agent in 2021, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urías in 2023. Circle those dates on your hypothetical calendar. Joc Pederson (2020), Kiké Hernandez (2020), Chris Taylor (2021) and Ross Stripling (2022) might be extension candidates at some point, too. Not the kind of long-term, Trout-esque extensions that break records, but extensions nonetheless.Let’s do this thought exercise anyway. Knowing they might never reach the market, and the Dodgers might never pony up to sign them, here are the names of select free agents and when you can covet them in public without being accused of tampering:2019: Paul Goldschmidt, Gerrit Cole, Chris Sale, Yasmani Grandal, Anthony Rendon, Jose Abreu, Xander Bogaerts, Scooter Gennett and Nicholas Castellanos. Stephen Strasburg has a player opt-out.2020: Betts, Jacob deGrom, J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, Trevor Bauer, Andrelton Simmons, James Paxton, Blake Treinen, Robbie Ray. Giancarlo Stanton has an opt-out.2021: Kris Bryant, Freddie Freeman, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto, Salvador Perez, Trevor Story, Aroldis Chapman, Javier Baez. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cloning while they’re multiplying.