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Jon Knott | Designated Hitter

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Mississippi State
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Twins signed outfielder Jon Knott, infielder-outfielder Howie Clark and catcher Eli Whiteside to minor league contract.
Three former Orioles. Knott might have had a chance of helping the Orioles last year had he posted his usual numbers in Triple-A, but he went from hitting 32 homers with 113 RBI for Portland in 2006 to 13 homers and 34 RBI in 288 at-bats for Norfolk last season. He'd still likely be a pretty useful lefty killer, though the Twins shouldn't have much need for him if they keep Craig Monroe. Wed, Nov 28, 2007 12:55:00 AM

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Orioles designated outfielder Jon Knott for assignment.

This was certain to happen sooner or later after the Orioles declined to give him a September callup. Knott can hit lefties well enough to contribute, but his performance in the minors this year won't help his case for a job next year.
Fri, Sep 7, 2007 07:56:00 PM

Orioles optioned first baseman-outfielder Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk.

As if the Orioles really need both Brandon Fahey and Luis Hernandez with Miguel Tejada back. Hernandez has hit a lot better than expected, but that could end at any time and both players are Triple-A material at this stage of their careers.
Fri, Jul 27, 2007 06:42:00 PM

Orioles recalled outfielder Jon Knott from Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles were expected to go in a different direction, but they apparently weren't willing to dump Knott from the 40-man roster to make room for anyone else. Knott will be useful against lefties if he's given the chance. However, he received all of six at-bats in his first two stints with the Orioles this season.
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 05:27:00 PM

Orioles optioned first baseman-outfielder Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles are beginning to rival the Nationals when it comes to rapid-fire transactions. Knott played in just one game after being called up, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He's a far better use of a roster spot than Brandon Fahey.
Wed, Jun 27, 2007 07:58:00 PM

Orioles recalled outfielder Jon Knott from Triple-A Norfolk.

Knott was hitting just .210 for Norfolk, but he was limited by a back injury in May and he was at .280/.403/.555 in 50 at-bats this month. He should be an asset if used against left-handers.
Fri, Jun 22, 2007 06:27:00 PM

Orioles optioned first baseman-outfielder Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles got a glimpse at what they were missing and still weren't smart enough to keep Knott around as a weapon against left-handers. It's their loss.
Fri, Apr 20, 2007 04:19:00 PM

In his first start for the Orioles, Jon Knott went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk Wednesday in a 6-4 win over the Rays.

Knott could have made a difference in a game or two had the club been smart enough to carry him initially. He's 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and three runs scored in two games since being called up. The Orioles were likely going to send him back to Triple-A following Jay Payton's return on Friday, but he's made a strong case to be kept over Freddie Bynum.
Wed, Apr 18, 2007 06:44:00 PM

Jon Knott hit a three-run homer off Devil Rays reliever Brian Stokes in his first big league at-bat of the season on Tuesday.

Knott had 17 major league at-bats prior to this season, but today's homer was his first. Knott was only expected to contribute against southpaws, so that he homered off the right-handed Stokes is encouraging. With the club due to face Scott Kazmir tomorrow, Knott deserves a start.
Tue, Apr 17, 2007 09:51:00 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Jon Knott from Triple-A Norfolk.

Knott could be worth carrying the rest of the year, but manager Sam Perlozzo would have to use him against most lefties in order to make it worth doing and that might not happen after Jay Payton returns. AL-only leaguers can probably hold off on adding him.
Mon, Apr 16, 2007 04:06:00 PM

Baltimore is expected to call up Jon Knott and Adam Stern to join the roster this week, with Corey Patterson on bereavement leave and Kurt Birkins optioned to Triple-A.

The moves will leave the Orioles with a 12-man pitching staff. Patterson is set to return Wednesday, with Stern likely heading back to the minors.
Mon, Apr 16, 2007 08:15:00 AM

Manager Sam Perlozzo hinted the Orioles might call up Jon Knott following Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Knott, who led the PCL last season in home runs and RBI, should get a few at-bats each week against lefties, but likely not enough to have initial value in fantasy leagues. The 28-year-old is someone to watch if he gets off to a hot start.
Sat, Apr 14, 2007 08:33:00 AM

Orioles reassigned 1B-OF Jon Knott, C Eli Whiteside, OF Rudy Yan, INF Cesar Crespo, 3B Mike Cervenak, 3B Terry Tiffee, RHP Steve Green, RHP Andy Mitchell and C J.R. House to minor league camp; optioned RHP Sean Tracey to Triple-A Norfolk.

With Knott and House gone, the only potential lefty masher still left in camp is Jason Dubois. The Orioles will carry either him, Adam Stern or Freddie Bynum with Jay Payton out. There'd be room for two if they'd abandon the silly idea of going with 13 pitchers.
Tue, Mar 27, 2007 05:55:00 PM

Jon Knott doubled three times Monday in the Orioles' 5-3 victory over the Twins.

The Orioles can't decide whether it'd be best to carry Knott, Jason Dubois, J.R. House, Freddy Bynum or Adam Stern, so it looks like they'll take none of them and go with 13 pitchers instead. It'd be the wrong move. The Orioles need all of the help they can get against lefties, and Knott, Dubois and House can all be assets in platoon roles.
Mon, Mar 26, 2007 03:48:00 PM

The Orioles have reportedly signed Jon Knott, who was non-tendered by the Padres, to a one-year contract.

It's a split contract. Knott would have been a nice option as a platoon first baseman had the Orioles made the choice to let Kevin Millar go. Maybe the club could use him in left field against left-handers and put Jay Payton in center, but he's better suited for first base. The Orioles will keep looking for help.
Fri, Dec 22, 2006 11:12:00 PM

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