Clint Frazier appears to be in the Yankees' doghouse, WFAN's Boomer Esiason said Monday.
Frazier has remained in the minor leagues since being optioned June 16, even despite Cameron Maybin going down with an injury since.
"They have buried him," Esiason said at the start of the "Boomer and Gio" show. "I would think that he would be in a part of a potential trade with somebody. But you have (Mike) Tauchman hitting a home run yesterday and you're like, 'Where is Frazier?' Frazier, he obviously has pissed off the Yankees."
Following a game last month when Frazier committed multiple defensive miscues and then initally dodged the press afterward, the 24-year-old outfielder later complained to reporters about past coverage of him and said he's felt like an outsider since he was a child.
Gregg Giannotti, Esiason's co-host, said he's not certain Frazier's comments are the reason he's stuck in Triple-A, but they could be a factor.
"There's one of two things going on with him," Giannotti said. "They've either said his defense isn't good enough and his maturity isn't where we want it to be, he's going to spend, because we don't need any more offense than what we have, he's going to spend the rest of the year in the minors, then next year we'll see what he's like in spring training and then maybe he can be a big part of the team, he's just not ready yet.
"Or they've given up on him completely and they're just waiting to deal him at the deadline to be able to fortify somewhere else on the roster."
Esiason said it could make sense for the Yankees to send Frazier to the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade for pitchers Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles before the July 31 deadline.
"Then you got to deal with this guy maybe being a force in that lineup in your division for the next 10 years," Giannotti fired back. "Let's not forget how that Clint Frazier, when he was up here, he hit. He hit a lot."
In 53 games in the majors this season, Frazier batted .283 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.
To listen to the open from Monday's show, click on the audio player above.