Just a lot of talk, for now

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The best from the lobby as trade talk swirls like fumes from the pits at the Indy 500:

- Released by the Blue Jays, the Chicago Cubs are interested in signing right-handed reliever Brian Wolfe.

Wolfe was 2-2 with an 8.22 ERA in 14 games with the Jays this season.

A year ago, Wolfe was 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 20 games and in 2007 he was 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 38 games.

- First baseman Nick Johnson, despite being injury prone, is drawing plenty of interest, as the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are all in pursuit.

- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will try to move Juan Rivera as they make room for free-agent outfielder Jason Bay, of Trail, B.C.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our front office. We're gonna be OK," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said about the possibility of losing Bay.

Francona also chimed in on the Roy Halladay trade talk: "If he comes to a team in our division, I'll be interested. He's really good."

The Angels are also trying to move overpaid outfielder Gary Matthews too.

- The St. Louis Cardinals are in on free agent Brad Penny. If that happens and with a $7.5 million US offer for him on the table, plus almost $2 million in bonus clauses,it means veteran John Smoltz won't be back.

- The New York Mets are interested in free agent second baseman Adam Kennedy. GM Omar Minaya is also meeting with the agents for free-agent pitchers Jason Marquis, John Lackey, Randy Wolf and Joel Pineiro.

- The Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro may go elsewhere as talks with relievers Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre are not progressing.

- Both the Yankees and the Mets have looked at free-agent Kelvin Escobar, who pitched five innings the previous two seasons.

- The Minnesota Twins think they are sure they will re-sign veteran right-hander Carl Pavano.


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