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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia have called a news conference for 6 p.m. (et) today, when it's expected they will announce the acquisition of starting pitcher from the . The will apparently send reliever and infielder to Minnesota. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that Milton, who has one year at $9 million remaining on his contract, was one of two players the have been trying to trade. The other is outfielder .

The 28-year-old Milton, a lefthander, pitched in just three regular season games this year after having surgery March 5 to repair a deteriorated bone in his left knee. He started 29 games in 2002 and went 13-9 with a 4.48 ERA.

Milton, a 2001 All-Star who has been with the since starting his career in 1998, has compiled a 57-51 record with a 4.76 ERA over 166 games.

Silva, a righthanded middle reliever, had a 3-1 record with a 4.43 ERA with one save this past season. The 24-year-old has pitched in 130 games in his two seasons in Philadelphia.

Punto, a utility infielder, saw time at second base, shortstop and third in 2003 and had a .217 batting average with a homer and four RBI in 64 games. The 26-year-old had played four games in 2001 and nine in 2002 in his only other years in the majors.

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