Re: Well there went our chances!
I think Pineda is a good pitcher, but I don't know that he's a sure thing for the Yankees. He posted a solid but not spectacular 3.74 ERA last season and struck out a lot of hitters. He's also very young and should continue to improve. On the other hand, he is an extreme flyball pitcher, and I would think his HR/9 rate will increase when he moves from Safeco to Yankee Stadium.
Adding Kuroda and Pineda is a definite boon for the Yankees, but I don't think that those two additions alone make them prohibitive favorites to win the World Series.