Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza will be released this week from federal prison and deported to Mexico, where he will serve three years for cocaine smuggling.
Loaiza, a 14-season veteran, was sentenced to 36 months in prison in March 2019 as part of a plea deal after admitting to possession of 20 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute it.
Loaiza runs Friday from FDC SEATAC in Seattle, Washington.
A U.S. Attorney General in the Southern District of California confirmed his release to DailyMail.com on Thursday, saying the former All-Star had been made aware of his deportation to Mexico during his trial.
A prison official told DailyMail.com that Loaiza had been given 92 days and earned a 162 day credit for good behavior.
DailyMail.com reached out to Loaiza’s attorney, Janice Deaton, for comment.
Former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza will be deported to Mexico after being released from federal prison on Friday, according to an official with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of California who spoke to DailyMail.com on Thursday. Loaiza was jailed for 36 months in March 2019 as part of his plea deal after admitting to possessing 20 kilograms with intent to distribute
Esteban Loaiza, to be arraigned in California Superior Court in Chula Vista, California in 2018
Esteban Loaiza will end his 36-month prison sentence when he is released from FDC SEATAC in Seattle, Washington on Friday.
Loaiza told authorities that on February 9, 2018, he took a Mercedes Benz SUV loaded with cocaine and drove it to a house he rented near a kindergarten in Imperial Beach, California.
He removed the drugs, 20 packets in all, and kept them under baseball bags with his name on them and the rear floor panel in the trunk of a Nissan.
The resident of Tijuana, Mexico, confessed to authorities that he had plans to distribute the cocaine to another person.
His arrest was part of an ongoing drug investigation by the San Diego County Police Department.
At the time of Loaiza’s sentencing, US attorney Robert Brewer was complaining about the former ball player’s fall.
“As a professional athlete, Esteban Loaiza made tens of millions of dollars and the admiration of baseball fans in the US and Mexico,” Brewer said. “And yet he sacrificed his reputation—and now his freedom—to become a cocaine dealer. No one is above the law, and that includes Major League (All-Star) pitchers.”
Two years after his final season in the major leagues, Esteban Loaiza married Mexican-American pop singer Jenni Rivera. The marriage hit rock bottom two years later when the couple began divorce proceedings before Rivera died in a plane crash on December 9, 2012 in Nuevo León, Mexico.
Esteban Loaiza pictured with the Oakland A’s before a game against the New York Yankees in 2007
DEA Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers criticized the two-time All-Star for choosing a different path in life 10 years after making his last pitch in the majors.
‘Mr. Loaiza lived every young boy’s dream to be an All-Star baseball player. And yet he chose to become a drug dealer,” Flowers said. “He chose to break the law to make a profit. He chose to make money from someone’s addiction. Today society has chosen to hold him accountable and take his freedom away.”
Loaiza was named All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003, when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young voting.
He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Chicago, where he ended his career in 2008.
He finished his 14-year career with a record of 126-114 and an average of 4.65 earned points. Loaiza has more Major League wins than any other pitcher born in Mexico, except Fernando Valenzuela.
Esteban Loaiza was named All-Star as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2003 when he led the American League in strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young voting
Two years after his final season in the major leagues, Loaiza married Mexican-American pop singer Jenni Rivera. The marriage hit rock bottom two years later when the couple began divorce proceedings before Rivera died in a plane crash on December 9, 2012 in Nuevo León, Mexico.
Loaiza made nearly $43 million between the ages of 23 and 36.
According to a May 2020 Bleacher Report story, Loaiza spent most of his fortune on a lavish lifestyle, including expensive gifts for family and friends.
Years before his much-discussed marriage to Mexican-American pop star Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash in 2012 during the couple’s divorce proceedings, Loaiza is said to have had an affair with his Texas Rangers teammate Iván Rodríguez’s nanny, 19-year-old Ashley Esposito.
Loaiza’s first wife, Christina Teadora Varrasso, accused him of starting that affair two weeks before they married in 1998. .
And after Esposito gave birth to his child in 2001, Varrasso claimed, he began paying her mother $72,000 annually to care for the child during the day.
According to court documents accompanying that divorce in 2000, Loiaza also bought “several Rolex watches for teammates, a car for his mother, and two cars for himself, all for a total cost of about $184,000.”