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03/17/09 10:58 PM ET

Astros having no contact with Pedro

General manager Wade: 'We have had zero conversations'

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros are not signing Pedro Martinez.

That is not what Baseball Prospectus reported on its Web site Tuesday night, however. According to the publication: "The Astros are on the verge of signing a potential Hall of Famer as a free agent for the second time in a week, as baseball sources indicated Tuesday night that they are close to an agreement with right-hander Pedro Martinez."

No, no, no.

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"We have had zero conversations with Pedro," general manager Ed Wade said. "I have absolutely no idea where that is coming from."

The story spread like wildfire Tuesday night, partly because of the earlier news coming from Houston camp that the club was holding a 9:45 a.m. ET press conference at Osceola County Stadium on Wednesday to make "an important announcement."

The subject of that announcement continues to remain a mystery, but the Astros have confirmed two things: It has nothing to do with the pending signing of Pudge Rodriguez, and it most definitely has nothing to do with Martinez.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.