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Kazuo Matsui deal hurts Young's value

Updated: May 25, 2010, 3:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

I paid very close attention earlier this season when Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy gave enticing speedster Eric Young Jr. the chance to lead off. In general, I think the switch-hitter, who turns 25 today, has shown that his bat will play at the major league level. We certainly believe his legs will.

The issue is which position will the kid play. That the organization signed former second baseman Kazuo Matsui to a minor league deal Monday is another sign Young does not significantly figure into the plans this season, and that obviously affects fantasy owners waiting for the infusion of Young's speed. Frankly, I wouldn't wait any longer unless it's a deep league in which you can afford an active roster spot on a pinch-runner type. And it doesn't help that he's on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his shin.

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