Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza reportedly arrested on drug charges

Chicago Tribune

Former White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday by San Diego authorities for allegedly possessing more than 20 kilos of cocaine or heroin, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department records.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan tweeted the records, which show Loaiza was being held at South Bay Detention Facility on $200,000 bail.

He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Loaiza pitched for eight teams over 14 seasons in the majors, including parts of three seasons with the White Sox. He was an All-Star in 2003 and 2004 and finished second in American League Cy Young voting after going 21-9 in 2003 while with the Sox. He made three relief appearances for the South Siders in 2008 before the team released him, ending his career.


Loaiza attended SoxFest in Chicago in January and was scheduled on a panel with Ed Farmer, Jose Abreu, Harold Baines, Avisail Garcia and Tim Raines.

An Instagram account for Loaiza posted photos of Loaiza signing autographs for fans and taking photographs with former teammates during the trip.