According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are close to inking left-hander Mike Hinckley to a minor league contract.
The 26-year-old opted for free agency after he was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week. He had a 1.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in two seasons with Washington, but displayed major control problems out of the gate this year. The Rangers will add him to their Triple-A Oklahoma City roster.