is reporting that the Marlins plan to meet with first baseman Albert Pujols in the coming days, and maybe even as early as Saturday. This offseason, Pujols will be on the free agent market for the first time in his career, and many teams have expressed interest in the three-time MVP.

As I mentioned in this post: Pujols to stay in St. Louis, I would find it surprising if Pujols chose to sign with a team other than St. Louis. As long as the Cardinals give him a reasonable offer, and there are no internal problems between Pujols and the team, I don’t see why he would leave his World Champion Redbirds.

With the move into the new stadium, the Fish are looking for a new beginning, which will involve a few big name players. In the situation that Pujols does sign with the Marlins, he and Mike Stanton will probably be in the same hitting group. And that means that the Marlins would have the most entertaining batting practice in the MLB. More importantly, the signing of Pujols would mean that Gaby Sanchez would be a valuable trade piece. This factor can give the Marlins more options for acquiring bullpen, starting pitching, or centerfield help.