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He faces up a minimum of 10 years in a prison
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/au...bin-jersey , who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges in California.Loiza acknowledged that he possessed about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of cocaine with intent to distribute. maximum of life when he is sentenced Nov. 2.Loaiza, 46, was under surveillance when he was arrested in February near a house in Imperial Beach, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. His sliver Mercedes SUV had just left the garage when authorities confronted him.After a canine sniffed drugs in the SUV, authorities obtained a search warrant for the house and found the cocaine in 20 packages in the compartment of a Nissan parked in the garage. Loaiza admitted in a plea agreement that he transferred the drugs from one vehicle to the other.Loaiza attorney, Janice Deaton, declined to speak with reporters after leaving the courthouse.The hurler played for several U.S. teams between 1995 and 2008 Randy Johnson Jersey , including the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year.Born in Tijuana, Loaiza became a celebrity in his native country after marrying the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. The “Diva de la Banda” was considered to be the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, selling more than 15 million records, and acting in reality television before she was killed in a plane crash in 2012.Rivera filed for divorce shortly before her death, ending their two-year marriage. A federal grand jury has launched an investigation into Major League Baseball's international dealings, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.A full list of those being investigated has not been made public http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/au...ock-jersey , although Passan reports at least one ex-Atlanta Braves official and people involved in the signing of Cuban phenomHector Olivera have beensubpoenaed.Olivera initially signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on asix-year, $62.5 million dealin May 2015 before being traded to the Atlanta Braves two months later. He made 30 total appearances across the 2015 and 2016 seasons for Atlanta, but didn't appear again for the team after April 2016, when he was arrested following allegations of domestic violence.He was subsequentlysuspendedfor 82 games by MLB and served 10 days in jail after being found guilty on a domestic assault charge in September 2016.Olivera is not currently on an MLB roster.MLB teams have expanded their international presence over the years, with all 30 clubs possessing academies in Latin America. The Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela are among the countries in which organizations scout and look to acquire talent from.Although the international players are not subject to the amateur draft, there are rules and limitations teams must adhere to when pursuing a player:Teams are allotted an international signing bonus pool each year and are allowed trade that money. Overspending, however, can result in penalties Yasmany Tomas Jersey , such as being limited to a lower amount of international spending money.In November 2017, Major League Baseball came down hard on the Braves for their dealings with international signings. Atlanta lost 13 international prospects and a third-round pick and will have strict limitations on its international spending for a three-year period.Former Braves general manager John Coppolella was placed on MLB's permanently ineligible list, andformer special assistant Gordon Blakeley received a one-year suspension.The league found the Braves to have "circumvented the international signing rules during each of the past three signing periods," perMark Bowman of MLB.com, including reporting lowersigning bonuses than had been agreed with players.Passan noted that FBI agents andDepartment of Justice lawyers are involved in the grand jury investigation. So far, multiple people have reportedly agreed to cooperate with authorities.

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