He says, after some praise of Soriano,
The Atlanta Braves traded Soriano to Tampa this off-season in exchange for Jesse Chavez. That’s the same Chavez the Pirates sent to Tampa a month earlier for Aki Iwamura. How's that for talent evaluation: For Chavez, the Pirates got Iwamura and the Rays got one of the best closers in baseball.
Can someone please stop this man? Honestly. Yes, the Iwamura experiment has been a disaster, but at the time this looked like a good trade, and I didn't here Smizik yelling and screaming that Bucs should've traded Chavez for Soriano.
As for the talent evaluation part...I think it's clear that AI has/had a decent amount of talent, for whatever reason (injury, regression, i dunno) it hasn't shown in PGH. Further, a good talent evaluator will tell you that serviceable, even quite good, closers are a dime a dozen. Dotel, for instance, has done just fine.
An above average (or even average) 2B is much more valuable than a good closer. To bash on deals like this in hindsight is petty and counterproductive. I don't know why I continue to read Smizik. I need to stop.