The verdict is in. Now he'll just await sentencing from a judge.
Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to felony cocaine possession with intention to distribute.
Ex-MLB Star Esteban Loaiza Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge, Faces Life In Prison https://t.co/ABgyXG7kRl— TMZ (@TMZ) August 10, 2018
Loaiza spent 14 seasons with the Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, Nationals, Athletics and Dodgers. He was a two-time All-Star and made $40 million over the course of his career.
Loaiza finished second in Cy Young voting in 2003 behind Roy Halladay and struck out a league-high 207 batters that season. Unfortunately, his post-playing days have taken a turn for the worse.
He was first arrested back in February in San Diego trying to move $500,000 worth of cocaine from a house located near a school.
As the @ABC7Chicago #ITeam first reported earlier this week that he would, today former @whitesox All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza has now pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in San Diego according to his attorney. He’s possibly looking at 10-years to life in prison. pic.twitter.com/GsRun62BqG— ChuckGoudie (@ChuckGoudieABC7) August 10, 2018
At first, Loiaza pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, but perhaps changed his course because there's a chance he could get less time by pleading guilty. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2, where he could spent the rest of his life in jail or even get deported back to his home country of Mexico.
We'll be waiting on that big news over the next couple of months.