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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Roland Hemond apparently is not going to be shut out at the winter meetings, though he still has not put together the kind of blockbuster deal that would fill the Baltimore Orioles' run-production gap.

The Orioles are expected to close a lesser deal today, trading reserve center fielder Dave Gallagher to the California Angels for minor-league pitchers David Martinez and Mike Hook.

A club source confirmed that the deal had been agreed to and probably would be announced early today. A second source named the two Angels pitchers, one of whom (Martinez) is on the club's 40-man roster, but indicated that there was a slight chance that one of those names could be changed today.

Gallagher was claimed on waivers from the Chicago White Sox (( last season, but did not get sufficient playing time with the Orioles to make a significant contribution. The club had too many outfielders with basically the same set of skills, and manager Frank Robinson preferred to go with an outfield alignment of Mike Devereaux, Steve Finley and Brady Anderson.

The Angels, according to a source in that organization, first approached the Orioles about a much larger deal involving Finley, but the Orioles were not willing to give him up, and the Angels were not willing to take Anderson instead. But California manager Doug Rader, who spent some time in the White Sox organization, did want Gallagher.

The magnitude of the deal decreased significantly, but -- to Hemond -- a deal is a deal. He prides himself on getting things done at the winter meetings, and he got something for a player the Orioles got without giving up anything.

Martinez was 6-6 with a 5.17 ERA for the Class AA Midland Angels, all in relief. Hook was 6-3 with a 1.89 ERA for the Class A Quad City Angels and 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in a short stay with Midland.

Gallagher was batting .280 with the White Sox when he was claimed on waivers, but he appeared in just 23 games for the Orioles and batted .216 with no homers and two RBI.

The Angels would not confirm or deny the trade report, though club president Richard Brown told reporters that the club had "a 95 percent chance" of consummating a deal today. It would be the second trade in less than 48 hours for the Angels, who traded Devon White, Willie Fraser and a minor-league player to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Junior Felix, second baseman Luis Sojo and a minor-leaguer.

The acquisition of Gallagher makes a deal involving Angels outfielder Dante Bichette seem even more likely, but the Orioles apparently are not willing to give up enough to get him. Angels officials have told the Orioles that Bichette is headed elsewhere.

Hemond said that he spoke to several clubs yesterday, including the Boston Red Sox, who are known to be offering first baseman-outfielder Carlos Quintana for a major-league starting pitcher. Pete Harnisch's name has been thrown around, but the Orioles apparently are hoping that Quintana will come a little cheaper than that.

The Orioles probably would be more willing to give up right-hander Bob Milacki, but might have to throw someone else into the deal.

No gold for Ripken

Cal Ripken apparently has lost out on the Gold Glove award for American League shortstops to the Chicago White Sox's Ozzie Guillen. Phil Wood of WYST (1010 AM) said on his sports talk show yesterday that Guillen had won the award, voted on by major-league managers and coaches. Wood said he received the news release on the awards from Rawlings, sponsor of the Gold Glove, yesterday and told his listeners the result at AL shortstop, despite the embargo on an official announcement until this morning.

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