One-year contract worth $5.75 million
Boone, acquired from Cincinnati on July 31, was in a slump during most of his time with the Yankees, hitting .254 with six homers and 31 RBI.
His 11th-inning homer in Game 7 against Boston won the AL pennant for the Yankees, joining Bill Mazeroski, Chris Chambliss, Joe Carter and Todd Pratt as the only players to end a postseason series with a home run.
But Boone played a role in the Yankees' six-game World Series loss to Florida, striking out against Braden Looper with one out and the bases loaded in the 11th inning of Game 4. Florida won 4-3 in 12 innings to tie the Series at 2-all, then beat the Yankees in the next two games to take the title.
Boone, 30, is eligible for free agency after the 2004 season. He hit .273 with 18 homers and 65 RBI with the Reds, and was selected for his first All-Star appearance.
He made $3.7 million last season.
New York sent left-handers Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning to Cincinnati to obtain Boone, acquired partly because third base prospect Drew Henson has not made much progress at Triple-A Columbus.
Henson, a former Michigan quarterback, hit .234 with 14 homers, 40 doubles and 78 RBI with the Clippers last season, striking out 122 times and making 28 errors at third base.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press