"They're probably an upgrade from [Bartolo] Colon and [Freddy] Garcia," Valentine said on Saturday morning. "Probably. I don't know. It seems it."
He did talk about the potential flaws for each pitcher.
"Pineda, when I saw him the first half, he looked unhittable. Second half, he looked OK," said Valentine. "[The Mariners] saw a lot of him and they traded him.
"Kuroda is a good pitcher -- a year older than he was last year, pitching in the American League and not the National League, pitching in not a great pitcher's ballpark from a great pitcher's ballpark."
It is classic Valentine, but, at least, he is tweaking his rival. I remember after the Mets traded for Roberto Alomar and everyone was praising Valentine's boss/enemy Steve Phillips, Valentine, during the post press conference, questioned why the Indians were eager to trade Alomar. The Yanks are hoping Valentine isn't as clairvoyant this time.