- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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"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.
Bobby Valentine didn't say he hates the Yankees but in trademark "V" fashion, he did his best to dull the excitement. This is from the Providence Journal's Red Sox blog.