Tampa Bay Rays

Rays fire team physician accused of sexually abusing a teenager

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The Tampa Bay Rays have fired team physician Michael Reilly after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who worked in his medical office approximately 8-10 years ago.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, the team released the following statement:

The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization.

The video, embedded below, was created by Brianna Rah, a woman who worked for Reilly when she was a teenager. In it she explains the process via which Reilly groomed her for abuse when she was his family’s 14-year-old babysitter. She claims he’d take extra time when driving her home, which she said felt “weird.” When she was 16 she began working at his medical office, where he’d begin making a point to get her alone, put his hand on her hands and rub her shoulders. Feeling uncomfortable, she quit working at the office for a time, but returned a few months later. When she returned to work with Reilly, she says his behavior escalated to the point where he tried to kiss her while she was in his office with the door closed.

Reilly had been the Rays team physician for the entire 20-year existence of the club. He had previously served as team physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.