MLB talks resume as lockout continues

AP file photo by LM Otero / Major League Baseball made proposals to the MLB Players Association on Thursday as talks resumed after a 42-day gap amid a lockout that could threaten the timely start of spring training and the 2022 season. The MLBPA said it would respond to the proposals but did not say when.

NEW YORK - Labor talks to end Major League Baseball's lockout resumed Thursday for the first time in 1 1/2 months, but with little evident progress during a bargaining session that lasted about an hour, jeopardizing a timely start to spring training.

MLB imposed the lockout on Dec. 2 as soon as the five-year collective bargaining contract expired, a few hours after talks broke off.

Thursday's discussions were the first on core economic issues after a 42-day gap, and MLB made proposals it hoped would at least start to generate momentum. After MLB made its proposal, the sides caucused. The Major League Baseball Players Association then told MLB it will respond but did not commit to a specific date.

While the sides were back to bargaining, they met just five weeks before the scheduled start of spring training workouts on Feb.