Carlos Luis Maldonado (born January 3, 1979 in Maracaibo, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball catcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. Maldonado bats and throws right-handed. His listed height is 6'1", and his listed weight is 245 pounds.
Maldonado originally signed with the Seattle Mariners organization in 1996 as a non-drafted free agent. He was traded to the Houston Astros for infielder Carlos Hernández on March 21, 2000, then spent time in the minor league systems of the Astros, Chicago White Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates, before making his major league debut with the Pirates in 2006. Maldonado appeared in eight games that year, collecting two hits in nineteen at-bats, for a batting average of .105. He also stole one base. After the end of the season, the Pirates removed him from their 40-man roster, but called him back up in for September 2007, where he hit 2 home runs. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season. In January 2009, Maldonado signed a minor league contract with an invite to spring training with the Boston Red Sox.
Maldonado is a graduate of Perez Bonolches High School in Venezuela. He has one daughter, Kimberlee, who was born in 2002.