Floyd was acquired by the Marlins in 1997 in a trade with the Montreal Expos. Dave Drombrowski gave up two ballplayers for the recently injuried first baseman/outfielder. Drombrowski knew exactly he was looking for in the career .250 hitter because he drafted him in 1991 when he was the GM in Montreal. At the time Floyd seemed to be drifter, going in and out of the majors with a total of 12 homers and 77 RBIs to his credit, while playing in parts of four seasons.
In the next three seasons, Floyd would go on to hit 55 home runs with a batting average near or above .300.