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MLB, MLBPA to resume economic negotiations this week

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USA TODAY

MLB and the players union are set to resume economic negotiations this week for the first time since the league implemented a lockout last month, according to multiple reports.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported MLB is expected to make an economics proposal in the Thursday meeting — which would be the first such proposal between either side since the lockout started Dec. 2.

Thursday's meeting will come roughly a month before pitchers and catchers typically report to spring training. Some reports have suggested Feb. 1 is a soft deadline for a labor agreement so spring training and the season can start on time.

The two sides have met twice since the lockout started, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, although those meetings featured non-economic issues.

They met in the days leading up to the lockout and the league did not make an economic proposal during those negotiations.

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