Nathan Eovaldi now knows where he isn’t wanted.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher told’s Rob Bradford on Thursday the Houston Astros made no genuine effort to sign him last offseason. Having played an instrumental role in the Red Sox’s 2018 World Series triumph, Eovaldi considered just two options when he entered free agency: join his hometown team or return to Boston.

“Houston is home for me,” Eovaldi told “I would have had more talks with the Astros but they just didn’t want any part of it so they were out of the question.

“It’s just one of those things where you accept it for what it is, it’s a business and you go on to the next. Both the Red Sox and Astros were my top priorities. They were my top two. That was our game-plan going in. The Red Sox was where I ended up ultimately, so here I am.

“I was a little surprised it didn’t go any further (with the Astros). Really there were no talks. I was a little surprised by that. But I understand it’s a business and there are no hard feelings or anything like that. I’m happy with the deal I got.”

The Red Sox in December re-signed Eovaldi to a four-year, $67.5 million contract. He said at the time he chose Boston primarily because of the quality of the relationships he built in a short time with teammates and club officials. His comments on the Astros’ disinterest present a stark contrast to how the Red Sox approached him.