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Albert Pujols Free Agency Update: Pujols To Meet With Miami Marlins, According To Report

The general expectation in the industry is that the odds of the Miami Marlins signing first baseman Albert Pujols are quite small, but you have to credit them for being ambitious. According to Matthew Leach of, Pujols' contingent plans to meet with Marlins officials at some point soon, possibly as early as Saturday.

Pujols, 31, is a free agent this winter for the first time in his career. He's one of many big names that the Marlins are reportedly pursuing as they hope to attract fans to their new ballpark in downtown Miami. The team's name change goes official tomorrow, and their new stadium opens next season. The team is looking at top-level free agents such Pujols, shortstop Jose Reyes, and pitcher Mark Buehrle, as well as highly-touted Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The Marlins don't have a clear spot at first base given that they already have Gaby Sanchez, not to mention first-baseman-turned-left-fielder Logan Morrison, but that's a log jam they could likely figure out later if it means acquiring a historically great hitter to headline the team's first season in Miami.

For more on this situation, check out Viva El Birdos, SB Nation's St. Louis Cardinals blog, and Fish Stripes, SB Nation's Florida Marlins blog.