So he saw what they did for Luis, and got a handshake from them that gives him virtual free agency? He works out a deal somewhere, and RB lets him go?
Pretty much. This way, we keep his MLS rights. If he was taken in the re-entry draft, another team would. For example, let's say BWP wants to stay in MLS and play for... LA, but DC takes him in the draft. So LA would have to negotiate with DC. By pulling out, LA would have to negotiate with Metro. Clearly, Metro would not be a dick to LA in this scenario, but DC might.
Obviously, he can still go anywhere else in the world, no strings attached.
So this is interesting... players who are withdrawn are usually re-signed (unlikely) or are traded (since we now own his rights). Maybe this was a chance for BWP to control his destiny, with RBNY's help.
"As we got toward the end, Denis [Hamlett] called me, Chris [Armas] called me before the day that they announced it and we talked about a bunch of different scenarios and none of those scenarios included me continuing to play for the team," Robles said.
"So at that point, I said 'thank you, I appreciate everything that you guys have allowed me to do. And if it's OK with you, I just ask that you don't explore too many other options in just letting me go. I thought Denis did me a solid by just letting me go because it was going to give me the best chance in deciding where I could go. I really was grateful to him."
So Hamlett did him a favor. Good move as a human. Bad move as a GM.
(Ali would have never made that mistake -- he is not human.)
If this is the case (and I'd certainly bet that way) than for the good of the league Garber has to do everything in his power to force them to sell. This shit is barely tolerable in Bumblefuck markets let alone the largest market in the US.
The league stopped caring about us when the slavers ponied up money for the abortion across the river.
(Via Franco Panzio) Dennis Hamlett "We're in a good position to bring players in to make our team stronger. ... If it has to be a young DP or DP, I'll make sure I go to my ownership group and make a strong case. We want to get back to the level we're accustomed to."