FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Benintendi heard the news when one of his college teammates texted him, leading to a quick check of Twitter. Brock Holt was headed to the Brewers.
Benintendi, perhaps Holt's closest friend on the Red Sox, wasn't surprised.
"No. I didn’t think so," Benintendi told WEEI.com when asked if he thought it was a possibility Holt might return. "I thought there was no chance. As more players were acquired you put two and two together."
According to multiple reports, Holt has agreed to terms with Milwaukee pending a physical. It ends the infielder's run with the Red Sox, that started during the 2012 offseason when he was dealt from Pittsburgh.
"It is what it is. You can’t really control it at all," Benintendi said. "I’m happy for him though."
"Obviously, when he doesn't sign with another team you always think there is a chance. But not now," said Xander Bogaerts, whose debut with the Red Sox came just more than a month after Holt was first called up to play for Boston. "He's a guy who was very beloved here. He was a nice guy to put in that lineup with no worries. He was always going to go out there and be Brock. Obviously, we're going to miss that. ... He did what was best for him and I wish him the best. He's awesome."