is returning to the World Series champions. The have agreed to a four-year, $67.5 million deal with the free-agent right-hander, who was so critical to ’s 2018 title run, a source told ’s Mark Feinsand on Thursday. 

The deal, first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, is pending a physical.

is returning to the World Series champions. The have agreed to a four-year, $67.5 million deal with the free-agent right-hander, who was so critical to ’s 2018 title run, a source told ’s Mark Feinsand on Thursday. 

The deal, first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, is pending a physical.

Tweet from @Feinsand: Source confirms Red Sox have agreed to a deal with Nathan Eovaldi pending physical. Terms not yet known. @Ken_Rosenthal was first with the agreement.

Eovaldi was drawing plenty of interest on the free-agent market from teams other than the , including the rival , Phillies and Padres. But the appeared to be prioritizing bringing Eovaldi back to , and they got their guy.

Considering his impressive return from Tommy John surgery this season, coupled with his high ceiling — Eovaldi is just 28 years old and has electric stuff, starting with a fastball that routinely hits triple digits — he was easily one of the top starters available, especially after agreed to a six-year deal with on Tuesday.

Eovaldi had a 3.81 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 111 innings over 22 games (21 starts) in 2018. After the acquired him from the Rays on July 25, Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA in 12 games (11 starts), with 48 strikeouts in 54 innings.

But it was during the playoffs that Eovaldi really shined. He had a 1.61 ERA in six postseason outings — two starts and four relief appearances — with 16 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. He beat in in the Division Series and the Astros in Houston in the AL Championship Series, and he pitched three stellar relief outings against the Dodgers in the Fall Classic.