"I've always wanted to play over there. I've never gotten the chance, in Winter League, to go over there. So I think this is a little better, honestly," Machado said. "It's just something I've always wanted to do. I've always wanted to represent my country. Of course, everybody is going to say I was born here, raised here [in Miami]. But my heart and my blood is where my families came from."
Machado has played on Team USA, but he said this will mean more to his family.
"To put on a uniform for them, I think it's going to bring excitement -- more excitement to me and my family than anything else," he said. "I'm excited to wear that uniform. Seeing 'Dominican' across the chest will probably bring tears to their eyes. They are going to be excited about it. I'm going to go out there and enjoy myself as much as I can. I've always wanted to represent the Dominican Republic if the right opportunity came up and hopefully try to play.'"
Machado, who still has an aunt and several other family members in the Dominican Republic, last visited two years ago. The Dominican Republic won the WBC, which is played in March, in 2013.
There hasn't been an official announcement by Major League Baseball about the rosters yet.
Orioles Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands) and Adam Jones (USA) have taken part in the WBC in the past.