2011 MLB Free Agency: Albert Pujols to Visit Florida Marlins on Saturday

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 11, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: First baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals waves to the Busch Stadium crowd during the World Series victory parade for the franchise's 11th championship on October 30, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
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There is no doubt that Albert Pujols is one of the most valuable free agents in Major League Baseball this offseason, especially after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to their 11th World Series title in 2011, and organizations are already actively attempting to add the slugger to their roster.  

The Florida Marlins have decided to waste little time and have a meeting scheduled with Pujols and his representatives for Saturday, according to ESPN.com.  Already having talks with shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Mark Buehrle, it is clear that the Marlins plan on making big moves this offseason.

Florida's payroll has increased from $57 million to around $80 million, which means that that they have enough room to add more than just Pujols.  With this in mind, Florida makes a great landing spot for Albert Pujols.  

Their roster isn't the only advantage that the Marlins have in their attempt to sign Pujols.  Florida have recently inked player-favorite Ozzie Guillen as their new manager.  

This could be intriguing to Pujols because he could relate to Guillen on a personal level unlike his player-to-manager relationship in the past.

Overall this would be a great fit for both sides, and with Pujols, the Florida Marlins would instantly become one of the most feared teams in Major League Baseball.  

Also, if the Marlins could manage to sign Pujols early enough in free agency, Florida will be much more enticing for other premiere players seeking new teams.

The fact that the Marlins can get other players during free agency to compliment what they already have, it would be hard to imagine that they won't be serious a contender in the battle for Albert Pujols.