Colin Moran paid his first visit to Marlins Park on Friday. The Marlins are hoping it isn’t very long before the star collegiate third baseman settles in for good.The Marlins made it official Friday by signing Moran, the sixth overall pick in the June amateur draft, for $3.52 million.“We haven’t had a long-term third baseman since Mike Lowell left us [following the 2005 season], and we’ve been searching for that person,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said at Moran’s introductory news conference. “Hopefully, it ends right here with you, Colin. We can’t wait for you to assume that role and become our everyday third baseman, and that journey starts today.”The first stop for Moran will be Single A Greensboro N.C., and Beinfest said Moran would receive a spring-training invitation to major-league camp in 2014. Beyond that, nobody is making any predictions on when to expect Moran in a Marlins uniform.
"Jonnylons" has been a life-long Marlins fan - which isn't hard since they've only been around in since '93 and he's been around a bit longer. He founded MarlinsNation.com in order to provide a voice to Marlins fans on the internet which he started when he was up in Tallahassee at Florida State and was stranded with no Marlins games on TV up in that market.