In what must be a horrifying reality-setting-in for Cardinals fans, Albert Pujols is reportedly visiting with the Miami Marlins today or tomorrow, first reported by Matthew Leach of MLB.com and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
This is Pujols' first reported visit with another team, but if he's serious about a $200 million contract it's likely not the last. Complicating matters for the Cardinals is that they're in the midst of a managerial search, but Leach reports that the search has not prevented GM John Mozeliak from pursuing player personnel matters.
On the Marlins front, Pujols is the third of several top tier free agents with whom they've met this week. Meeting with Mark Buehrle on Tuesday and Jose Reyes on Wednesday, it's clear the Marlins want to make a huge splash (sorry) this season.
Pujols, "31," is one of the top five players ever (fact) and he's clearly one of the top free agents this off-season. Acquiring him would be one of the biggest splashes a team could make, but Prince Fielder, a player the Marlins have also expressed interest in, would make a big splash as well (sorry again).