August 11, 2018 / 4:05 AM / a year ago

Ex-MLBer Loaiza faces minimum 10 years in cocaine case

FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Dodgers' Esteban Loaiza throws to the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Chicago September 3, 2007. REUTERS/John Gress/File Photo

Esteban Loaiza, a two-time All-Star in his 14-year major league career, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of a life sentence after his guilty plea to cocaine possession with intent to distribute charges in San Diego on Friday.

In his plea, Loaiza acknowledged having some 44 pounds of cocaine when he was arrested in February in Imperial Beach, near the border of Tijuana, Mexico, where he was born.

Loaiza’s sentencing is set for Nov. 2.

The right-handed starter last pitched in the major leagues in 2008. In his career, Loaiza had a 126-114 career record with a 4.65 ERA in 2,099 innings pitched with the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, Nationals, Athletics and Dodgers.

Loaiza finished second in American League Cy Young voting in 2003 when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA with the White Sox. He made the AL All-Star team in 2003 and 2004.

The 46-year-old made around $43.7 million in his major league career.

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