Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza reportedly arrested on drug charges

Aug 18 2014 Chicago IL USA The Chicago White Sox logo behind home plate before a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Former MLB Pitcher Esteban Loaiza Arrested With Over 44 Pounds of Heroin, Cocaine

San Diego, Calif., police arrested the former Major League Baseball pitcher Friday on felony drug charges, according to Yahoo!

Former Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza is facing felony drug charges, according to San Diego court records. His last season was in 2008 when he spent time with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Furthermore, his best year was in 2003 when he recorded a record of 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA and led the American League in strikeouts with 207. Most notably for Rangers fans, though, is the fact that Loaiza was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 19, 2000 for two minor league players - one of whom was Michael Young. Loaiza ended his career with the Sox in 2008, but only pitched three innings with the team. Loaiza was eventually beat out by the late Roy Halladay but had an impressive season nonetheless.

The 46-year-old was being held in the South Bay Detention facility on $200,000 bail on suspicion of possessing and transporting narcotics for sale.

January 24, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.

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The sheriff's department could not immediately be reached for comment regarding Loaiza's arrest.

The Yankees' Esteban Loaiza pitches against the Angels on August 21 2004, at Yankee Stadium. He reportedly made nearly $44 million in his professional ball career. He was married to singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a 2012 plane crash.

While a member of the Oakland Athletics in June 2006, Loaiza was reportedly arrested after being stopped by police for speeding on a California freeway.

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