Only reason you'd do the Scherzer/Brown deal is for the future right? Unload Rios now and his $'s trading down for Brown to eventually come into fruition.
But right now you're sitting in first place and I'm not sure if you want to invest in the future vs. win this year. I think Rios can help you do that.. look at his latest stretch and his career stats.
Rios - 20/20(30) guy. If he's to hit those #'s, he'll need to go on a tear with 14 hr and a bunch of bags in the 2nd half. That would definitely move the needle for you.
Brown? Just that.. a question mark, a rookie, and the Phils are at the top of the heap.. they won't mess around with a struggling rook to win a pennant imo.
Scherzer? Another run of the mill tier 2/3 starter in a sea of quality pitching. You said it, you're staff is sick and you wouldn't even know what to do with him if you did.
Just my 2 cents but I would stand firm. You're in 1st, and i'm betting Rios will catch fire while another bat you have could go cold.
Hope this is helpful. I asked another question in my thread.. thanks for the help.viewtopic.php?f=26&t=433942&p=3421263#p3421263