Source: York will hire Trent Baalke as GM

Although team president Jed York has just started to interview GM candidates, a source indicates he will probably hire Trent Baalke, VP of player personnel.

Although San Francisco 49ers president Jed York just started the process of interviewing general manager candidates, it's likely he already has his man.

A source told that York will probably name Trent Baalke, the team's vice president of player personnel, as the team's GM, although it's not known how soon he'll make it official.

The source, who has knowledge of the team's interests, also said the 49ers are not interested in hiring Jon Gruden as their next coach to succeed the fired Mike Singletary. But they may have an interest in Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh has not expressed a public interest in the 49ers job, but a source said he would be open to discussions if the team reaches out to him.

Baalke essentially became the 49ers' top personnel man last March after general manager Scot McCloughan sudden departure for personal reasons.

There were several reports that York interviewed Tony Softli, the former personnel executive of the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams, on Tuesday. Because Softli is African-American, the 49ers would have satisfied the NFL Rooney Rule, which requires teams to include at least one minority candidate for a coach or executive position.

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