Jose Lambiet

New Marlins owner slashes payroll - while building Boca Raton mansion

From left, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter hold their first news conference as Marlins owners on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.
From left, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter hold their first news conference as Marlins owners on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Miami Herald File

While the Miami Marlins are forcing fans to sit through games played with cheap talent, the man who signed off on payroll cuts that sent star players elsewhere sure is treating himself to some goodies.

According to Palm Beach County records, retired money manager Bruce Sherman is building himself a 16,634-mansion in Boca Raton’s ultra-exclusive St. Andrews Estates.

Building permits do not mention the value of the work, but whispers in the gossip-heavy neighborhood are that Sherman’s new crib will end up being worth at least $10 million.

Sherman didn’t return a call for comment about the new construction.

He and his wife, Cynthia, who are both generous philanthropists, currently live in a $9 million house in Naples.

What permits in Boca Raton do show, meanwhile, is the scope of the work being performed for Sherman at 7134 Melrose Castle Ln.

And when the work is completed, hopefully by the end of 2018, it would have taken nearly three years.

For one thing, Sherman bought the existing house in May 2016 for $5.1 million, plus a $125,000 initiation fee at the adjacent St. Andrews Country Club.

It was a fine mansion with eight bedrooms and 12,000 square feet of sheer luxury, but Sherman wanted something brand new, and a third bigger.

So he and the missus had the place leveled before starting anew.

Permits show the framing of the new house is getting finished.

With his hundreds of million, Sherman is the man who’s been paying for the $1.2 billion purchase of the team from previous owner Jeffrey Loria.

Things, however, haven’t gone so smoothly for Sherman or Jeter, the New York Yankees legend who became CEO.

Earlier this week, HBO’s "Real Sports" premiered a cringe-worthy interview of Jeter by Palm Beach County resident Bryant Gumbel, in which Gumbel calls Jeter “delusional” for saying his Marlins would be playoff contenders with players of whom few fans have ever heard.

They’re currently dead last in the NL East and attendance has been so low the Marlins could play some games at, well, Sherman’s new house.

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