Wes Gardner was drafted by the Mets in the 22nd round of the 1982 amateur draft. In 1984 after going 1-2 with 20 saves and posting a 1.61 ERA in 40 relief appearances for the Mets top minor league club the Tidewater Tides, he was promoted to New York. He made his Major League debut on July 29th against the Chicago Cubs pitching one inning of scoreless relief. Gardner would go on to appear in 21 games for the Mets finishing the season with a 1-1 record and 1 save, but with an astronomical ERA of 6.39 in 25 1/3 innings. His one victory came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 5th when he pitched two scoreless innings.
Gardner started the 1985 season in Tidewater, but was recalled in the middle of May. But his second tour with the Mets would be brief. After allowing six runs in two innings in his second appearance he was shipped back to Tidewater. With the Mets in the middle of a pennant race Gardner was brought back up in September. He appeared in 7 games down the stretch and gave up only one run in 9 innings.
The Mets traded Gardner to the Boston Red Sox in the off-season along with Calvin Schiraldi, John Christensen and LaSchelle Tarver in exchange for Bob Ojeda, John Mitchell, Tom McCarthy and Chris Bayer.
In 30 relief appearances for the Mets he posted 1-3 record with 1 save and 6.03 ERA in 37 1/3 innings.
While with the Mets Gardner wore number 27.
Wes Gardner also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 1986-1990
Kansas City Royals – 1991
San Diego Padres – 1991