"I think [Torres] has been doing a good job," Yost said. "Goins is doing a good job. I like what I've seen from both."
Offensively, Torres and Goins are virtually even this spring: Torres is 6-for-14 with two doubles while Goins is 6-for-13 with a triple. Both have been solid in the infield, moving among shortstop, second base and third base.
Yost knows what he has in Torres.
"My opinion hasn't changed much from last year," Yost said. "But I know he had a good winter and he's been good here."
Yost said there is some value to Goins' Major League experience.
"But I don't value it as much as you think," Yost said. "I'm looking for production. I'm looking for versatility.
"But it helps with the success he's had in Toronto, just from the experience level. You know, been there, done that. I've been impressed with his ability to play all three positions.
"And it has been good to see him on a longer look than just two or three games like when he was with Toronto."
Goins, of course, is motivated, having been non-tendered by the Blue Jays after five seasons in Toronto.
"It was shocking to get non-tendered," Goins said. "I went through a couple days of hurt. You have bad intent. But you get over it. It's a first-class organization.
"And now I'm here. This is a great opportunity. I like how these guys play, having played against them in the regular season and in the playoffs. Similar to Toronto."
Yost also is intrigued by two other players on the fringe of the competition -- switch-hitting Erick Mejia, whom the Royals acquired from the Dodgers, and Humberto Arteaga, who has been in the system since 2011.
"Mejia has been very impressive at first look," Yost said. "Young, athletic middle infielder that can switch-hit. Very pleased with what I've seen from him.
"But really, I've been happy with what I've seen with all of them."