MLB rumors: Dark horse team enters race for Justin Verlander

Chicago White Sox, MLB Free Agency, MLB Hot Stove

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Justin Verlander is one of the most polarizing commodities on the MLB free agency market, 

Justin Verlander has been an ace on the mound throughout his career whenever he’s been healthy. But now that he seems likely to be heading for a new home in MLB free agency.

And it just so happens that the former Detroit Tigers star could be headed for an AL Central rival this offseason or, at the very least, another team from the division will make a run at him.

Per Bob Nightengale, the Chicago White Sox have emerged as a dark horse to potentially make a run at Verlander, joining a litany of other clubs who are reportedly interested in the veteran hurler’s services.

The free-agent rumor only adds to the allure of Verlander, who remains one of the most sought-after arms on the market. A report out of Angels management indicated that Verlander appears to be more interested in Eastern teams, which could include a reunion with the Detroit Tigers.

Now, it appears it could include signing the Windy City, as Verlander could entertain a competitive offer from a White Sox front office looking to compete in free agency this winter.

Chicago White Sox entering the Justin Verlander race.

The 38-year-old Verlander is one of the big prizes in MLB free agency this offseason, with rumors constantly buzzing about where he will land next.

While the Astros are still actively trying to entice him to return to Houston, Verlander’s reps are meeting with other teams at the moment. The New York Yankees have been one of the more prominent names thrown around that are interested in Verlander, while the Angels also entertained the idea before signing Syndergaard.

Verlander is coming off a two-year, $66 million contract with the Astros, which is the largest annual salary he’s earned in his entire MLB career.

With a number of suitors already on the table, it’ll be interesting to see where he’ll land as, by all indications, he should have his pick of where he wants to play, the White Sox included.

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