According to executives from other clubs, Indians ace C.C. Sabathia and DH Travis Hafner will most likely test the free-agent market after 2008. Sabathia and Hafner (right) have publicly stated their affection for Cleveland, but contract talks were halted when the season began, and the sense now is that neither will take a discounted deal to stay.... The Rockies haven't rekindled trade talks over first baseman Todd Helton, but with the 33-year-old slugger's resurgence (through Sunday he was second in the NL with a .383 average), there's bound to be interest. The Red Sox, Angels and Rangers are possible pursuers.... My choice to own the Cubs would be Chicago-area native and former Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo. But some MLB folks are annoyed that Colangelo ran up a mountain of debt in winning the World Series in 2001 and would prefer Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Chicago-based groups are also in the bidding, and they may be joined by commissioner Bud Selig's buddy John Canning, a Brewers limited partner.