Red Sox were in attendance at Justin Verlander's showcase

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Justin Verlander, a Red Sox. It's an intriguing idea.

While such a scenario might seem a long shot, the Sox have at least put themselves in a position to enter the conversation for the free-agent pitcher. The Red Sox were one of the nearly 20 teams in attendance at Verlander's showcase Monday.

The workout was performed at Eric Cressey Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Verlander topped out at 97 mph during the session (which lasted approximately 25 pitches), consistently throwing his fastball in the mid-90's.

The 39-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery, having last pitched on July 24, 2020 (his only appearances that season).

While Verlander is a free agent, the Astros did extend the two-time Cy Young Award-winner a one-year, qualifying offer that would pay him $18.4 million for 2022 if accepted. Any team that signs the righty if the offer is declined will be forced to relinquish a draft pick.

Verlander does have history with Red Sox manager Alex Cora when the two were together in Houston during the 2017 season.

Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom also noted Sunday night that his club would not hesitate to pursue players with qualifying offers attached this offseason.

"I think we’re in a better position than we were a year ago," Bloom said. "Even a year ago, I remember we talked about it and said it’s certainly not something that’s off the table for us. Now, I said that knowing most likely with those guys it wasn’t going to line up. I don’t know how this offseason is going to play out, but I think where we’re positioned now, with the depth we have internally, although we’re nowhere close to where we want to be, we are in a better position than we were, so I think it’s likelier that we’ll be a fit there. But we’re just going to, as we do with any move, assess all the implications and if it’s something that makes sense for us, we have to be ready to pounce."

The last full season Verlander pitched, in 2019, he claimed the American League Cy Young Award after going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA.

There have also been signs that Verlander plans on using his recent surgery as a springboard to playing well into his 40's.