Injuries limited Thome to just 58 games last season, but he still did well for such an old guy as he hit .252/.344/.442. At this point in his career he’s barely even a part time first baseman and the Yankees likely want somebody who can play at least some time in the field if needed.
Chipper, who is going to be 41 in April, has also dealt with injuries, but managed to play in 112 games last year and did even better than Thome as he hit .287/.377/.455. He has retired and the Yankees haven’t even called him to check on his status (although there is absolutely no reason to believe he would come out of retirement for anybody).
It’s probably just as well considering one is 42 and the other is 41. Still, both players are Hall of Famers on the field and come with a great reputation in the clubhouse. It would have been cool to see them on the Yankees if only in a part time role. My thinking is that Cashman would have never considered either player on anything but a non-guaranteed minor league deal with an invite to spring training and it isn’t likely either of them would have accepted anyway.