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Report: White Sox Have 'Strong Interest' in Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander will be a hot commodity this offseason and the White Sox won't be the only club trying to sign the future Hall of Famer.
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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Chicago White Sox are showing strong interest in veteran right-hander Justin Verlander.

Verlander, 38, spent the entirety of the 2021 season on the 60-day injured list following Tommy John surgery. The Houston Astros issued him a qualifying offer, which he has until 4 PM CST today to sign or reject.

Verlander began to struggle near the end of his stint in Detroit but rewrote his legacy in Houston. From 2017-2020 with the Astros, the veteran starter posted a 43-15 record with a 2.45 ERA over 477 innings pitched.

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After not extending Carlos Rodon a qualifying offer, the 2022 White Sox starting rotation still has plenty of question marks. Adding a veteran presence to the mix would help stabilize the top of the rotation while Dylan Cease continues his development and Michael Kopech works back into a starter role.

Justin Verlander will be a hot commodity this offseason. The White Sox will not be the only club trying to sign the future Hall of Famer if he rejects the Astros' qualifying offer. The New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and "many others" are interested in Verlander, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.