The Yankees and Mets were among 15-20 teams to watch Justin Verlander work out on Monday in Florida, The Post’s Joel Sherman reports.
Verlander threw about 25 pitches during the workout, clocking in between 94-97 miles per hour. The workout was held at Yankees director of player health and performance Eric Cressey’s facility.
Verlander currently holds an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Astros. The 38-year old, who did not pitch in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, can choose to either take that or test the market.
According to Sherman, there is a strong chance Verlander tests free agency.
Verlander has thrown just six innings since 2019, making him a question mark for whoever ultimately signs him.
His track record pre-surgery, though, is nothing short of sterling. In 2019, at age 36, Verlander led the league in innings pitched, struck out 12.1 per nine innings, had a 2.58 ERA and won his second Cy Young Award.
For the Yankees, whose starting pitching depth was an issue last season, the fit is obvious. Verlander and Gerrit Cole would make an imposing duo at the top of their rotation, and set them up well in any playoff series.
For the Mets, who had two scouts watching, a healthy Verlander and a healthy Jacob deGrom would make for perhaps the best 1-2 in baseball. Health would be an obvious question mark (Carlos Carrasco is also coming off surgery), but if that were to work out, Verlander would hand the Mets rotational depth that they haven’t had in recent years.