5 expendable Guardians players Cleveland can move at the trade deadline for pitching

The Cleveland Guardians are going to be looking to add pieces at the deadline, but what players could Cleveland use to bring in a starting pitcher?
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The Cleveland Guardians are in the midst of an impressive start to the season. New manager Stephen Vogt has the team rolling through the season at rates rarely seen in Cleveland. This has all come despite the injury bug biting the pitching corps rather aggressively. This isn't unique to Cleveland, but it's come at a price regardless.

With Shane Bieber's early season injury ending his season and Gavin Williams hitting the injured list before the season even started, Cleveland started down two of their best arms. The rest of the staff has picked up the pieces well enough, but it's no secret Cleveland should be looking to add starting arms before the trade deadline. Even with Williams nearing a return, there still needs to be additional starting pitchers added to the unit to get through not only the season but deep into the postseason. 

Next. Oakland starter Paul Blackburn would be an ideal trade target for the Cleveland Guardians. Oakland starter Paul Blackburn would be an ideal trade target for the Cleveland Guardians. dark

So far this season, Cleveland has had just 18 quality starts from their starting pitchers, being labeled as six innings or more while giving up three or fewer runs. Only four teams in baseball have fewer - Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, and Miami Marlins. Of those, Milwaukee is the only team above .500 or with more than 26 wins, sitting at 37-26. Yet, somehow, Cleveland has managed to get to 41-22, tied for the second-best record in the American League with Baltimore behind only the Yankees.

With that taken into consideration, it's clear that Cleveland should be looking for pitchers at the deadline. However, that will come with a price. Cleveland won't want to deal top prospects if possible or tear apart the core of the team that is working towards a postseason run. So, what players could be on the block to be moved out of the Cleveland Guardians organization at the deadline for a starting pitcher?