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.
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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.