Brian Cashman admitted that the way Alex Rodriguez showed up unannounced to spring training early last year got his return to the New York Yankees after a one-year suspension off to a rough start.

But the New general manager acknowledged Rodriguez did most things right from that point forward and in doing so helped make his transition back into the clubhouse that much easier. Further, after a circus-like spring training atmosphere last year, Cashman said the ball club and A-Rod are on the same page and expects a much smoother process this time around down in Tampa.

Speaking to ESPN’s Buster Olney on the “Baseball Tonight” podcast Tuesday, Cashman discussed the chaotic scene last spring and how he envisions a much calmer environment this year.