Kevin Gregg has saved the Cubs this season stepping in to notch his third career 30-save season. But the Cubs have decided to look ahead and will use right-hander Pedro Strop in save situations in the final games. Strop acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade was 0-for-3 in save opportunities this season and has 15 holds.

“I’ll try to get him an opportunity” manager Dale Sveum said Thursday of Strop.

The switch is not a reflection on Gregg’s performance. The right-hander was 32-for-37 in save situations. But Gregg will be a free agent after this season. Strop will be entering his first arbitration year.

“Kevin’s done far and above the call of duty” Sveum said.