Reports came out yesterday that free agent first baseman and long-time Cardinal great Albert Pujols is scheduled to meet with the Miami Marlins today.  It’s hard to believe that for the first time in his 11-year career, Albert Pujols is free to sign with any team in baseball.

Back in February, Pujols was offered a sizeable contract, but one that would not even reward him as the top-paid player at his position.  Not surprisingly, he turned it down and said that he would not talk about a new contract over the course of the season, and, true to his word, that is what happened.

The time for teams to exclusively negotiate with their free agents has been over for some time now, and Pujols is listening to offers from other teams.  Now, the Cardinal fan in me hopes that this whole situation is resolved shortly with Pujols returning to wear the Birds on the Bat for the rest of his career; however, I know that it probably will not be a quick resolution.  So, each day, there will be a collective Cardinal Nation on the verge of freaking out whenever Pujols meets with a suitor hoping to sign him.