Sources: MLB and players union to hold bargaining session Thursday

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are scheduled to hold a negotiating session Thursday, the first since the league imposed a lockout on players on Dec. 2, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

MLB contacted the union to arrange the meeting, during which the league plans to make a core economic proposal, according to sources. The strike came on the heels of face-to-face meetings in Dallas, during which the parties made no progress on a new labor agreement as the previous collective agreement was about to expire.

While the parties met during December to discuss side issues, the path to any final deal runs through the economics of sports, and the meeting could herald the length of the game’s first work stoppage in more than a quarter century.