Two days after being designated for assignment, Matt Szczer has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Szczur, batted .243/.295/.370 in four seasons with the Cubs, has been a great bench guy for during his time in Chicago. Joe Maddon praised Szczur for being a teammate and his “up-beat” attitude. “Listen, this guy as a teammate, you’re not gonna get a better one — and nobody’s gonna get a better one on any team, for any reason.
“He’s always upbeat, he’s always ready to play. He knows he’s not playing, but he’s always upbeat and ready to go. And then he supports everybody around him. You want him on your team, you want him in your organization, he’s that kind of guy.” -Maddon on Szczur
In the trade, the Cubs acquired Minor League righty Justin Hancock to the Cubs. Hancock, 26, is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA this season.
Szczur was not apart of the clubs plan anymore. With Albert Almora Jr. making big strides and Jon Jay playing as well as he has, a move was going to be made. Now, Szczur is going somewhere where he can play a lot and possibly be a key piece to a young team in San Diego moving forward.