But Escobar has been slumping lately. Since July 21 he has a slash line of .195/.226/.232. In 34 games with the Royals, Zobrist has a .409 on-base percentage. Yost also indicated that Alex Gordon, who has a .396 on-base percentage, will move into the second spot, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
"We've done really, really well since Esky has been in the leadoff spot -- we're 28 games over .500," Yost said. "But we're getting to the point now where we're looking at all of our options and making sure we maximize our scoring potential.
"[Escobar] has slumped a little bit in the second half. From the playoffs to the All-Star break, he was really good. But he's not the prototypical leadoff guy, because he's not an on-base guy. He swings the bat.
"We did it out of necessity last year. Now we've got ... Gordon and Zobrist, who get on base. Esky is more of a run producer than a table-setter. We'll maximize him from down in the order -- kind of a second leadoff guy."
Escobar took the news with a shrug.
"I liked [hitting leadoff]," Escobar said. "But I'll do whatever they want. I'll still play just as hard. I have no problem at all."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.