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Shopped Gallagher has to redo Christmas list


ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Outfielder Dave Gallagher spent $300 Monday buying Orioles-style Christmas gifts for his relatives -- jackets, sweat shirts, you name it.

Bad move.

Yesterday, the Orioles traded Gallagher to California for two minor-league pitchers, righthander David Martinez and lefthander Mike Hook.

"The Christmas presents might have to go back," Gallagher said. "I don't think my father-in-law or mother will want to wear Orioles jackets if I'm playing for the Angels. I might have to put them in the closet."

Gallagher, 30, was overjoyed when the Orioles claimed him on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 2 -- he's a native of Trenton, N.J., and he finally would be playing close to home.

But he batted only .216 with two RBIs in 51 at-bats, and manager Frank Robinson stopped using him in September and began playing three younger outfielders -- Mike Devereaux, Steve Finley and Brady Anderson.

"I think the explanation Frank and Roland [Hemond] gave me [for the benching] was suitable," Gallagher said. "Until we fell out of the race, I was playing pretty good. My role was pretty strong. But before you knew it, we had all those injuries, and we were 14 games out.

"There was a meeting in Frank's office. From that day on, they started playing Finley, Anderson and Devereaux. Sometimes, you're not pleased with something. But I agree with what they did."

Now Gallagher has to move his wife and three children to California, where he figures to be a reserve centerfielder behind Junior Felix. "Things have a way of working out," he sighed.

As for the players the Orioles acquired, the reports were fairly good. Martinez, 27, showed promise in his first year as a closer, club officials said. However, he was 0-6 with a 4.72 ERA at Class A, 6-6 with a 6.17 ERA at Double A.

Hook, 22, is the more promising reliever. He was 6-3 with a 1.89 VTC ERA last season at Class A, and he averaged 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings, the best ratio in baseball. His opponents batted .174.

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