Club officials will meet with free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols either Friday or Saturday in Miami, according to major league sources.
The meeting, first reported by MLB.com, will be the Marlins’ third of the week with a prominent free agent. The club hosted left-hander Mark Buehrle on Tuesday and shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday before visiting Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
And that might not be all.
The Marlins, who clearly want to add star power as they prepare to open their new ballpark in downtown Miami, also could meet with the other major offensive free agent, first baseman Prince Fielder.
Many in the industry expect Pujols to remain with the World Series champion Cardinals — or failing that, join another contender. The Marlins do not necessarily fit that description, but Pujols clearly is willing to explore his options. He rejected a nine-year deal from the Cardinals in the range of $190 million to $200 million during spring training.
Neither Marlins officials nor Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, could be reached for comment.