As I mentioned before, Berkman is 35 years old and not getting any younger. He has been vocal about the possibility of his retirement after the 2011 season, and clearing waivers has given him the opportunity to go out with a bang.
The Texas Rangers are, with their current roster, one of the most talented teams in baseball. They have played well against the top in the American League, and are likely to make an aggressive playoff run without the acquisition of any new players.
That being said, as has been noted throughout this article, Berkman would bring more than just a great head of hair to the Rangers lineup. His presence in Texas would, without a doubt, make them favourites for the ALCS, and beyond.
Conversely, stoking Texas' fire in heading to the World Series for the second year in a row moves him from a situation in which he had no chance at the playoffs to one where he could very likely win his first World Championship, giving him the opportunity to retire at the pinnacle of his career.
This transaction offers a laundry list of opportunity for both parties involved, and either would be foolish to get in the way of it taking place.