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Carlos Gonzalez reaches mountaintop

Twice traded by age 23, Rockies slugger now ranks among the game's elite players

Updated: March 29, 2011, 12:51 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shortly after Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez signed a seven-year, $80 million contract extension in January, he took the plunge and bought a new red Ferrari. Gonzalez is partial to black, but Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki already has a Ferrari in that color, and it wouldn't seem right to have twin Batmobiles dominating the players' lot. Socialites hate wearing the same dresses at cocktail parties, and baseball stars prefer distinctiveness in their choice of rides.

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