LAS VEGAS — Brodie Van Wagenen’s first winter meetings as a general manager were, well, busy.

The former player agent whom the Mets hired in a move to shake up the organization and turn it around quickly has been “active” and aggressive.

But he had little to show for it on the final full day at the Mandalay Resort and Casino and he was already walking back expectations.

“It’s hard to tell. As we’ve gone through the week, we’ve been really active. We have proposals out. We have offers out to teams, we have offers out to free agents. It’s hard to say how these unfold in the coming hours,” Van Wagenen said Wednesday evening. “We’re not viewing the Winter Meetings as a scoreboard of how many transactions we make. We’re going to view it by how productive the conversations were we had and what we can do in the days and weeks ahead.”

Teams that have talked with the Mets this week said they are pushing hardest for an upgrade at catcher. That really is the cornerstone to backing up Van Wagenen’s boasts that he can turn the Mets from a disaster the last two years into a winner in 2019. But he also needs relievers and a right-handed bat to try and balance his lineup.

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Tuesday, after the Marlins aggressively shot down the idea of a three-team deal involving the Yankees and Mets that would bring all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Flushing and send Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx, Van Wagenen and Co. apparently broadened their approach. They are still pursuing Realmuto in a direct deal, but also talked to representatives of Yasmani Grandal, the top offensive free agent catcher available, and Martin Maldonado, a top defensive catcher available via free agency. Tuesday they also put out at least feelers on other catchers that may be available through trades.

Sources said Wednesday the Mets were “aggressive,” with Wilson Ramos and had some interest in Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.

In industry source indicated that there was surprise that the Marlins had not pulled the trigger on a deal for Realmuto and that is largely holding up the market for catching.

Van Wagenen came to Las Vegas having already reeled in all-star second baseman Robinson Cano and American League closer of the Year Edwin Diaz from Seattle the week before the Winter Meetings.

So he has made some progress on reshaping the Mets roster, but with the clock ticking down on the final hours here, the Mets had done nothing but a lot of talking.

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