Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with 44 pounds of drugs

Univision also reports and openly questions whether the 14-year veteran can make bail, as it would seem that Loaiza may be in dire straits financially.

Kahron Spearman

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested in San Diego County for transporting roughly 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine, per multiple reports.

Yahoo! Sports MLB writer Jeff Passan tweeted out the criminal arrest report, showing the details of the federal-level violation. 

Bail is set for Loaiza at $200,000 - which could be a significant issue stemming from (very intriguing) extenuating circumstances, per Univision (h/t NBC Sports.)

Loaiza is due to be arraigned on Wednesday. Bail has been set at $200,000. At least one news outlet Univision questions whether the former big leaguer can make that bail. Loaiza, Univision notes, was one married to the late singer Jenni Rivera, but she filed for divorce from him in the months before her death in a plane crash, in part due to allegations of financial impropriety on his part.

The 46-year-old is scheduled to be in court this Wednesday to face the felony drug counts, including possession with intent to sell narcotics and transportation of narcotics.

The Mexico native spent 14 seasons in the majors, finishing with a 126-114 record with eight teams. He was an All-Star in 2003 (as the starter) and 2004. Also known for giving up way too many homers, he has a career 4.65 ERA.

He had his best year in 2003, going 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA with the White Sox, finishing a runner-up in Cy Young Award voting.