Starting pitching could be one of the biggest needs the Red Sox need to address this offseason. Could they bring in a future Hall of Famer to upgrade their rotation?
As reported by Boston Sports Journal’s Sean McAdam, the Red Sox “were represented” on Monday at a workout by free agent pitcher Justin Verlander. There were reportedly 15-20 teams with representatives present at the showcase in Florida.
Verlander is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in the summer of 2020. He hasn’t pitched regularly since 2019, when he went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA for the Houston Astros, winning his second career Cy Young. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Verlander threw 96 MPH during the workout.
Morosi added that Verlander intends to pitch next season, and wants to play “until age 45.” Verlander turns 39 in February.
The Red Sox have been around these types of workouts in the past under Chaim Bloom. Last season, they attended an offseason workout of another former Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber. They were reportedly among the final teams in contention to sign Kluber, before he ultimately ended up with the Yankees.
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