Former A’s pitcher arrested with more than 44 pounds of cocaine, heroin

Former major leaguer Esteban Loaiza, the A’s starting pitcher the last time they played an ALCS game at the Coliseum, was arrested after being caught with more than 44 pounds of heroin and/or cocaine, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

Loaiza, 46, was arrested on Friday in San Diego, where he’s currently being heldon $200,000 bail after being charged with intent to sell either heroin or cocaine. He was found to be in possession of more than 20 kilograms of drugs, according to the police report.

Loaiza is scheduled to appear in court in San Diego on Wednesday.

This is a new one: Esteban Loaiza, drug kingpin.

The second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in MLB history was arrested Friday with 20 kilos of heroin or cocaine, according to San Diego police records. He’ll be in court Wednesday to face felony drug charges. Details are in pics.

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Just two weeks ago, Loaiza appeared at a fanfest for the Chicago White Sox, for whom he enjoyed the most successful season of his 14-year career. Loaiza was the runner-up to Toronto’s Roy Halladay in the 2003 American League Cy Young Award race after going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA.

Three years later, the A’s signed Loaiza to a regrettable three-year, $21.4 million free-agent contract. He went 11-9 with a 4.89 ERA for the A’s in 2006, his only full season with Oakland.

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Loaiza started two games for the A’s in the 2006 postseason, including Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers. Loaiza was rocked for seven runs and took the loss as Justin Verlander and the Tigers beat the A’s 8-5 on their way to a four-game sweep.

Loaiza’s time in Oakland was also infamous for

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