DENIVER - The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Justin Hancock from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Matt Szczur.
Hancock, 26, is 24-29 with a 3.91 ERA (209 ER/481.2 IP) in 116 career minor league appearances, including 90 as a starter, in seven minor league seasons in the Padres organization. He was originally selected by San Diego in the ninth round of the 2011 Draft. Hancock pitched with Double-A San Antonio this year, going 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA (9 ER/13.0 IP) in 10 relief outings.
Szczur was designated for assignment on Saturday. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut in 2014. Overall, he batted .243 (82-for-338) with eight homers and 40 RBI in 202 games covering four seasons with the Cubs. Szczur batted .211 (4-for-19) with one double and three RBI in 15 games with the Cubs this season.