Aaron Boone promises he is finished with basketball and eager to help the Indians rebuild.

The free agent infielder signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract with an option for 2006 yesterday, and said the Indians' prospects for a resurgence with a talented core of young players was a key factor in his decision.

Boone, whose 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS put the Yankees in the World Series, hasn't played since injuring his left knee during a pickup basketball game in January. Boone will join the Indians when he is cleared to resume baseball activities -- likely in early August. The Indians released RHP Jeff D'Amico from the 40-man roster to make room for Boone.

* MOVES: The Athletics placed RHP Tim Hudson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left stomach muscle. . . . The Blue Jays placed OF Frank Catalanotto on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin and activated RHP Kerry Ligtenberg from the 15-day DL. . . . The Pirates placed 1B Daryle Ward on the 15-day DL with a sprained ligament in his right thumb and recalled OF Tony Alvarez from Class AAA Nashville. . . . The Rangers placed RHP R.A. Dickey on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained back and recalled RHP Ricardo Rodriguez from Class AAA Oklahoma.

-- From News Services