Afternoon News And Notes: Jeter, Boesch, Cooper, Joba

A number of interesting notes on the Yankees today, mostly to do with shoring up their offense. Brennan Boesch, who the Tigers released earlier today, is said to be one possibility for the team. Boesch is a corner outfielder with a career .259/.315/.372 slash line and a 96 wRC+. As a 28 year old lefty-hander, he would be more of a project than a replacement, and the Yankees have plenty of those.

Joel Sherman also believes that the Yankees are looking at first baseman David Cooper, formerly of the Blue Jays. The former first round pick has struggled to stay on the field with back problems, but when he has, he's posted a career 103 wRC+ in 226 plate appearances. His minor league numbers are more impressive, but over the last two years, Cooper has spent his time in a hitter friendly park in the PCL.

According to George A King, the Rangers have been scouting Joba Chamberlain, which opens up some interesting speculation. The Rangers have a number of expendable players if they consider their prospects Major League ready. Mike Olt probably fits the Yankees' needs best, and the Rangers might be willing to trade him with Adrian Beltre under team control through 2016.

Finally, Derek Jeter will lead off and  play shortstop tonight! Here's tonight's starting lineup courtesy of LoHud.

Derek Jeter SS Ichiro Suzuki LF Kevin Youkilis 3B Juan Rivera 1B Ben Francisco RF Matt Diaz DH Chris Stewart C Melky Mesa CF Gil Velazquez 2B

Amongst Jeter, we also get a look at Ben Francisco in right field and Gil Velazquez, who could be a utility option come April, if everything goes wrong.

Your starting pitcher is Andy Pettitte, so make sure you catch this game on YES at 7:05 pm.