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Red Sox were one of several teams to attend Justin Verlander’s workout

Verlander has until Nov. 17 to decide on the Astros' qualifying offer.

Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander in March, 2020. AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File

Tonight, the Bruins host the Senators at TD Garden. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

And the Revolution officially have a date for the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game that will be held at Gillette Stadium. New England will play on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., facing the winner of the matchup between New York City FC and Atlanta United.

In NFL news, Odell Beckham Jr. could potentially clear waivers today at 4 p.m. Should Beckham clear waivers, he would then be free to sign where he wants.

The Red Sox and Justin Verlander: At 38 years old, two-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander still wants to pitch.


Though he’s coming off of Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched since the 2020 season (in which he made just one appearance), Verlander showed a long line of MLB teams that he still has good velocity at a recent workout in Florida.

The Red Sox were among 15-20 teams in attendance to see Verlander throw a short session in which his fastball hit 94-97 mph on the radar gun, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

Currently, Verlander has the choice to accept a one-year qualifying offer from the Astros worth $18.4 million or turn it down in order to sign elsewhere. He has until 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 to make a decision.

Should Verlander reject Houston’s offer, any other team that tries to sign him would have to forfeit its second-highest 2022 draft pick, and see the team’s international signing bonus pool reduced by $500,000.

Verlander has said he wants to keep playing until he’s 45 years old.

Trivia: Justin Verlander was the second overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft. Who was the highest selected Red Sox pick that year?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He was a .384 career hitter in college at Arizona State before being picked 65th overall by the Red Sox.


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