How the Cardinals get even better

Carlos Beltran has been a leader and a major contributor, but will he stay in St. Louis? Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has quickly developed into one of the game’s best managers. A year after falling just five wins short of a World Series title, this season he came within two.

In order for Matheny to get the Cardinals over the hump next year, he'll need general manager John Mozeliak to tweak the roster and improve a couple of areas, specifically shortstop and center field. The Cardinals also have an important decision to make on impending free agent Carlos Beltran.

However, even if the Cardinals make zero moves this offseason, with the depth of their starting pitching, plethora of power arms, strong farm system and one of the league’s best lineups, they'll still enter 2014 as the team to beat in the National League.

Here are five issues the Cardinals need to address in order to get better for 2014.